April 16, 2012, Peterborough, Ont. - The City of Peterborough is pleased that Peterborough Airport has been selected to enter into discussions as the preferred location of choice for Seneca College’s School of Aviation and Flight Technology.
The 2009 Peterborough Airport Business Case and Airport Master Plan provided the rationale for a major $28 million runway expansion and upgrading at Peterborough Airport and identified that the airport was well-positioned to attract commercial flight training based on the available amenities at the airport, its proximity to Fleming College and the high quality of life in the Peterborough Region.
Seneca’s flight school owns a variety of aircraft that would be hangared and maintained at the Peterborough Airport. The spin-offs from the proposed relocation of this program would benefit businesses at the airport and in the Peterborough region.
Mayor Daryl Bennett said, "We are excited that the Peterborough Airport has been selected by Seneca College as the preferred location of choice for the School of Aviation and Flight Technology. The investment in the airport was intended to create economic opportunities and this is just one of many more to come."
Fleming College was instrumental in assisting Peterborough Airport in the process to secure this important aviation business for the community. Fleming provided an early introduction to key Seneca contacts when it was determined that Buttonville Airport would close, and worked cooperatively with City and Airport staff throughout the site selection process.
"We look forward to welcoming Seneca to the Peterborough region and continuing to work on partnerships and joint programming opportunities that can contribute to building a vibrant and unique cluster of aviation-related education and skills training programs," commented Tony Tilly President, Fleming College.
The School of Aviation and Flight Technology plans to locate in the flight school building that was recently acquired by the City of Peterborough.