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Mayor meets with Air Canada CEO

By Christine Rumleskie

Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz says a flight pass issue has sprouted some wings.

Mayor Lantz met with Air Canada’s CEO Calin Rovinescu on March 9th in Vancouver.

He says the 40-minute conversation has peaked some interest with Air Canada.

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The flight passes are used by frequent-flyers, making them a much more affordable option for residents in the North.

But at the end of December, the City found out that the cost for Air Canada flight passes would nearly double in price.

Mayor Lantz then wrote a letter to Air Canada in December stating his objection to the price hike, saying that this directly contradicts Premier Gordon Campbell’s declaration of the 2010’s being ‘decade of the North’.

After playing letter-tag, Lantz decided to march down to Vancouver and get some answers.

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The Mayor and Council collectively spent around $15,000 on airfare alone in 2009. Most of the travel included flights to the Vancouver area, averaging around $500 per round-trip.

Mayor Lantz says discussion will continue into the flight-pass dilemma.

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