The Federal Government announced nearly a $1 million grant for the Muskoka Airport which will mean a major expansion and jobs for the area.

Local MP Tony Clement made the announcement of the grant of $902,000 in Gravenhurst on Friday.

“What it means is this airport can expand its serviced area – it can include a 40,000 square foot hanger,” said Clement.

The expansion could mean more jobs for the area. The grant will also go to develop seven acres of land for businesses by expanding the existing roadway and putting in services.

The Federal Government says it chose the airport because an existing company already had a business plan and was already will to grow.

Michael Goudie, President of Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing, is looking forward to the new hanger and hiring close to 30 new staff to add to his time of aircraft mechanics, painters and designers.  

“It’s very exciting; I’ve been working at this for a long time. We’re negotiating with a major company right now to come in and amalgamate and do major expansion.”

The airport has roughly a dozen businesses onsite ranging from maintenance to flight schools and flight operations. Typically the airport averages 14,000 flights a year. Airport manager Mark Stirling says this expansion will make a big difference.

“It’s good for the community, it’s fun to know there’s a lot of benefit that comes to the community – both from the businesses that are here and the activity that come in and out of the airport.”