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City funding immediate upgrades at Lethbridge Airport

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The City of Lethbridge officially takes over ownership of the airport on July 1st and they’re not wasting any time making changes.

Council voted Monday (June 24) to approve $700,000 to fund immediate upgrades at YQL including better washrooms, parking, and even new terminal seating.

Mayor Chris Spearman says this is all about enhancing the traveler experience. “Upgrading some of these basic facilities within the terminal will improve the travel experience in the short term. We know that our airport is continuing to see increased air passenger traffic and we want to ensure we do everything we can to keep that growth moving in the right direction.”

Passenger traffic at Lethbridge Airport has increased more than 80% in the past year, due in part to additional service from WestJet and the use of bigger aircraft from Air Canada.

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Upgrades will also include increasing the size of the secure hold room, the addition of accessible washrooms in the secure hold area, parking upgrades, and more.

That roughly $700,000 cost and will be funded through the Pay-as-You-Go Community program. Preparations for the upgrades will done as soon as possible.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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