Changes at YKA

There has been a management change at the Kamloops Airport.

Managing Director Heather McCarley has accepted a role with Vantage Airport Group’s Vancouver-based corporate office, as director of operations.

Prior to her work with Vantage, McCarley spent 22 years at Vancouver International Airport, where she built a strong operational track record on such diverse files as regulatory compliance, community relations, winter operations and emergency planning.

She will remain in Kamloops through early March, when Ed Ratuski will assume the role of managing director.

With more than 25 years in aviation, Ratuski is a long-time Kamloops resident who served as airport operations manager at Kamloops Airport from 2010-16.

Most recently, Ratuski was a member of the operations team at LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the Vantage-led organization that is redeveloping the Central Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in New York. 

This transition comes at a historic time for Kamloops Airport; in 2018, YKA welcomed seasonal service to Toronto, invested in general aviation and community amenities with the reopening of the floatplane dock and park space, and welcomed a record 351,631 passengers, 10.6 per cent more than the previous year.

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