On the opening day of the airshow last September, this was the closest these youth could get to seeing the Snowbirds in flight as weather kept the air acts grounded. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
Given that the Yarmouth International Airport Air Experience held here last September saw flying acts grounded for one of the two days, it’ll likely come as no surprise that the event lost money.
At last Thursday’s meeting of the Yarmouth International Airport Corporation, it was revealed that the event likely lost in the vicinity of $25,000 to $27,000.
In a report presented at the meeting from Mitch Bonnar, the airport’s interim manager, he stated that poor financial direction and control from the top, which created less than accurate accounting, made it difficult to put an accurate loss figure on the airshow. But he said he felt comfortable with suggesting it to be in the ballpark of $27,000.
In a discussion at the meeting, Argyle Municipal CAO Alain Muise suggested that financials point to it being in the $25,000 to $27,000 range.
Muise also said that initially the former manager of the airport, David Hill, had projected a $20,000 surplus from the event. But given that airshows traditionally don’t make money, the budget had been adjusted for an expectation of the event to only break even.
The airshow had been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15. Heavy rain, fog and a low ceiling on Sept. 13 delayed the arrival of many acts and on Sept. 14, the first scheduled day of the show, the weather kept flying acts grounded.
Mother Nature made up for things on Day 2 of the event, providing a blue sky and few clouds for the flying acts on Sept. 15.
The three municipal units in Yarmouth County have been asked to collectively contribute $150,000 in emergency funding to the airport corporation to assist with a “cash flow” problem.