Community Engagement   

Nanaimo Airport community engagement is an important part of our success. We are committed to fostering ongoing good relationships with our community and working together to build our region.

Our Impact

Ten years ago, Nanaimo Airport (YCD) was an unreliable airport with limited connections – for good reason. West coast weather caused too many flights to be cancelled, shaking the confidence of travelers.

Key investments since 2006 have transformed YCD into a trusted transportation partner experiencing unmatched economic growth. YCD has gone from being a brake on economic growth to an enabler of economic development.

YCD’s expected impact on the region runs to over 2,000 jobs and $150 million in economic activity by 2020.

Our Engagement

As a community-based non-profit organization, Nanaimo Airport highly values the relationships we have built with all of our surrounding communities.

We believe strongly in being a good corporate citizen and neighbour, and supporting the people who make Central Vancouver Island their home. We often participate in projects that contribute to the well-being of our region.

Here are some of the ways in which we connect with our communities:

Sharing information at public presentations – To keep residents in our service area updated on our many activities, and to get their input, we travelled around the region to make more than 50 public presentations annually. The feedback and questions we received about airport operations were valuable, and helped us as we formed our plans for the future.

Sharing information at our Open House and online – Every year we host an Open House for the community, for visitors to learn about our operations and equipment, and to meet members of the Nanaimo Airport Commission. We also communicate regularly with our neighbours throughout the Central Island on our social media sites and blog.

Assisting the aviators of tomorrow – We serve as the base for air cadet glider training twice a year. On six consecutive weekends in both spring and fall, senior air cadets build flying experience as part of their training for a private pilots’ licence. Every cadet has a chance to participate in flight activities, and every year some top senior cadets earn a scholarship towards their pilot’s licence.

Our Volunteer Program

Blue Navigator Ambassadors provide invaluable assistance and hospitality to the travelling public and visitors and enhance the overall passenger experience at the Nanaimo Airport Terminal.

Our goal with this volunteer program is to provide a friendly atmosphere and facilitate the movement of passengers/people through the Nanaimo Airport.

Ambassadors proactively respond to and approach customers who need assistance with any basic information and travel related needs.

We now have a team of 40 ambassadors and are continuing to expand those numbers with the addition of new flights. Click here to learn more about volunteering.


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