The recommendations to Qualicum Beach town council for improving the airport’s financial situation has some good, but also some questionable suggestions.
Improving signage and awareness should be an improvement, even though one of our airport’s current charms are its “quiet” laid-back presence, convenient no-hassle parking and a sweet restaurant in addition to easy flights to Vancouver.
When secure pay parking is considered; I see a barrier to the current pleasures, unnecessary paving, fencing and installation of expensive pay stations for those who are “uncomfortable” with the present parking arrangements.
I suggest that it is the current financial aspect that is “uncomfortable,” and that imaginative financial incentives be investigated to attract more commercial usage. A taxi service which meets flights might also be a significant improvement.
Pay parking will provide an incentive for the many who dislike and are unwilling to pay for parking (even though they can well afford it), to just stay away.
Be very careful what you wish for when improving our airport.