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Niagara District Airport celebrates 90 years on Friday
The Niagara District Airport is celebrating 90 years in operation. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Niagara District Airport is celebrating 90 years today, and it’s continuing its vision of looking to the future as a local economic driver, said chair of the Niagara District Airport Commission, Robin Garret.

“This is a pretty great way to celebrate,” Garrett said Wednesday afternoon before the Snowbirds took flight for the Niagara Historical Society and Museum’s fundraiser event.

The small airport officially opened on Sept. 13, 1929 and shares its anniversary with the St. Catharines Flying Club, which operates out of the Airport Road facility.

Garrett said on Dec. 27, 1927, when construction of the airport was being discussed, a newspaper headline read: “City to be progressive, needs airport.”

It’s that idea of being progressive and driving economic growth that the Niagara District Airport has facilitated in the past, she said, adding that plans to see it continue to do so in the future.

“We want to build on that economic facilitator concept,” Garret said, adding that Niagara has been designated as a foreign trade zone.

“Due to our connectivity between the highways, canal, railways, airport. All these concepts and the fact that we’re right by a border, make us uniquely placed among other airports,” she said.

The airport in Niagara-on-the-Lake is managed by the Niagara District Airport Commission, which is represented by three municipalities of Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and NOTL.

Garrett said there is a lot of room for growth and innovation for the future.

“The lands that we’re on create aviation related jobs here, on the facility, and there’s an opportunity to grow that. There’s 50 acres here at the airport that we’d like to have serviced so that we can build more facilities for people to rent and operate,” she said.

While Garrett said the airport has an important and fascinating history in Niagara, she’s looking to what will come next.