Prince George Airport Authority CEO Named to National Board

Prince George, BC – PGAA CEO John Gibson has been elected to the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) Board of Directors, as one of two Directors representing the Small Airports of British Columbia and Alberta. John is also the Vice Chair of the Small Airports Caucus of the CAC.

Through this Directorship the views and issues relevant to Northern BC and Small Airports will be represented in Ottawa through the CAC. Issues of great significance and that will be focused on being Open Skies and Cost of Doing Business at Canadian Airports.

The Open Skies lobby pushes for air bi-lateral opportunities be given to the carriers to decide where to fly based on their ability to recognize market needs and respond; not on Government-determined priorities, rules or protectionism. For Prince George, it means Open Skies for cargo and technical-stop operators, in particular.

The Cost of Doing Business relates to implementing regulations pertaining to air safety and security that are based on basic risk management principles, as well trade opportunities. Hence the lobby for airport-driven processes that meets the needs of the aviation community and its customers.

“I am honored to have been elected to this position” exclaimed Gibson. “Small airports, our city and our region will now have a national voice on issues that affect us all.”

John Gibson accepted the position as CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority last June and was previously the VP of Marketing for Hamilton Airport.


Canadian Airports Council:

The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada’s airports. Formed in 1992, as the devolution of airports to local control was beginning, the CAC has established itself as the reliable and credible federal representative for airports on a wide range of significant issues and concerns.
Canada’s airports are engines for economic development in the communities they serve and one of their most important elements of local infrastructure: Our communities’ vital links to intra-provincial, national and international trade and commerce. Our 47 members represent more than 200 Canadian airports, including all of the National Airports System (NAS) airports and most passenger service airports in every province and territory.

Together, CAC members handle virtually all of the nation’s air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic passenger traffic. The economic impact of CAC member airports is staggering. They create well in excess of $45 billion in economic activity in the communities they serve. And more than 200,000 jobs are directly associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more than $8 billion annually.

Mission: To be the voice of Canada’s airports within Canada.

Vision: Lead the industry through effective lobbying, timely communications and the establishment of strategic alliances with other industry stakeholders while promoting the mandate of airport authorities as the entities responsible for the efficient operation of Canada’s airports. Encourage consensus building in order to effectively represent unified airport positions to government, the aviation industry and the public.


The Prince George Airport Authority:

The Prince George Airport transferred from a federally operated (Transport Canada) airport in 2003 and immediately set forth a business plan and vision for the airport. Under the Prince George Airport Authority’s guidance and partnerships with Provincial, Federal and the Northern Development Initiative Trust – the airport has developed into an International Gateway and is part of the Government of Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway Program. The Prince George Airport now has Canada’s 3rd longest commercial runway and can accommodate any size aircraft for refueling and is adjacent the 3,000 acre Global Logistics Park development.