Business continues to take off at Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA).
The airport is welcoming Air Bravo, which has officially opened up a base of operations at the 7th Line, Oro-Medonte Township airport. This move is a re-location from the Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport and means adding two aircraft and seven employees to LSRA. Air Bravo provides corporate/executive charter flights and is also an ambulance provider throughout North America.
“It's a partnership that will be mutually beneficial, as our airport is one of the newest and best positioned regional airports in the country — which makes this a great fit for Air Bravo (which) will continue to provide its first-class air charter service, now from our facility,” said LSRA manager Mike Drumm.
And Air Bravo is already looking into expansion plans there. It has taken residence in an existing hangar at the airport, but is already reviewing expansion plans and opportunities for its own facility. “The sky is the limit,” said Barrie Coun. Michael Prowse, president of the airport's board of directors. “This is just the beginning of many more announcements like this. “We have this world-class facility right here in our backyard, and more companies will continue to take notice of what we have, and will be making the decision to re-locate just like Air Bravo has.” In total, the Air Bravo fleet consists of 10 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft and employs more than 90 employees across six bases in Ontario, now including the LSRA. Air Bravo is also considered a large player in the Ontario air charter and air ambulance industry.
Located in one the fastest growing regions of Ontario, LSRA directly supports a population base of more than 300,000 people, serving municipalities throughout Simcoe County and beyond. It offers users a location in close proximity to both the Greater Toronto Area as well as Ontario's cottage country.
Barrie owns 80% of the airport, Oro-Medonte Township 20%.