Sometimes government just has to get out of the way.
There’s new construction going on at the Regina International Airport – a hangar for private aircraft is being established by Saskatoon-based Kreos Aviation. The facility is comparable to one the firm operates in Saskatoon.
The development is something of a signal of how government and the private sector don’t always coexist. We’ve seen it in other sectors over the years – a situation that was an irritant for business who often felt they were competing with their own tax dollars.
In the case of Regina’s aviation community, the government was an impediment. While Saskatoon was seeing significant growth, Regina’s was limited as private players steered clear of the Queen City largely because of Exec-Air, the government-owned fleet used by cabinet ministers and senior government officials. It gobbled up a big chunk of what could have been private business, effectively stunting any expansion of the sector.
But when the government decided to sell its aircraft and use private charters when needed, room was created. It would appear the private sector has responded.