Wings ‘N’ Wheels event in Campbell River cancelled due to airport construction

Wings ‘N’ Wheels event in Campbell River cancelled due to airport construction
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A popular annual event in Campbell River has been cancelled for the third year in a row.

The City of Campbell River says the 2022 Wings ‘N’ Wheels event will not be taking place this year due to construction at the airport.

The event had been scheduled to take place on July 10 and is expected to return in 2023.

“Although we cannot facilitate the event in 2022, the community can look forward to its return in 2023, when necessary airport improvements are complete,” Mayor Andy Adams said in a press release.

“The Campbell River Airport has been a wonderful host of past events,” adds Bill Alder, President of Sealand Aviation. “With significant improvements coming to the airport in this summer, we simply don’t have the space needed to put on the type of show that we’ve become accustomed to. We thank North Island Cruisers, City Council and City staff for their continued support of the event, and will return in 2023 with an event worth waiting for.”

The Campbell River airport is undergoing $4.5 million worth of renovations and upgrades that include improvements to airport lighting, visual aids and taxiways.

“With construction at a peak in July, it is not possible to provide an accessible environment to host this event in 2022,” said Dennis Brodie, the airport’s manager.

Wings ‘N’ Wheels has been hosted by Sealand Aviation, in partnership with the City of Campbell River since 2013. The event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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