About half a dozen people attended the November 11 rally, which was held in the Oceanside Air space inside the Qualicum Beach airport terminal.
The entire rally lasted less than two hours with cake and beer served. Oceanside Air believes someone at the airport saw the rally and made a complaint.
Since the incident, company co-owner Jim Novak has said on social media that the company immediately admitted their mistake, apologized and agreed to socialize elsewhere.
Gauvin said he believed the City terminated the lease on the basis of a clause that allowed either party to do so, provided 90 days notice was given.
Currently, the lease expires on March 3, 2022.
âTypically when you go into business you exercise this if there is something that is going to hurt everyone or just a really bad reason. “
A petition is currently circulating with the aim of garnering the support of the community and maintaining a choice of air service in the community.
“We hope the City will reconsider its position and support this company that employs local pilots, local mechanics, it is a local company and taking that out of the equation is absolutely ridiculous,” said Gauvin.
The airline employs seven people and has invested in maintenance and hangar space at Qualicum Beach.
It recently supported flood recovery efforts in the Lower Mainland and interior by transporting people and supplies to and from affected areas.
The city of Qualicum Beach issued a statement in response to requests for NanaimoNews NOW for an interview.
Acting chief executive Heather Svensen said by email the decision was made at a recent closed-door council meeting and that she would not release details.
“After careful deliberation and consideration, City Council asked staff to cancel the existing terminal lease for Oceanside Air with 90 days notice, in accordance with the existing lease.”
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