Province Issues Request for Proposal for Air Services

Laura ManningNews

WINNIPEG, MB. – The Manitoba government is looking at new ways to provide safe and reliable privately operated air services as part of its ongoing commitment to finding value for money through alternative service delivery mechanisms.

The Air Service Branch provides air ambulance, wildfire suppression and general transportation which also includes flights required by Manitoba Hydro. It is responsible for a fleet of 22 government owned aircraft but also uses private carriers nearly 50 per cent of the time.

“Our government is exploring ways to continue to provide essential provincial air services, while ensuring the same level of service, availability, safety and security for all Manitobans is maintained – if not improved upon. We are looking to see if we can achieve better value for Manitoban’s money through an upcoming request for proposal process,” said Minister Ron Schuler.

An expression of interest was issued in 2017 to assess market interest and capabilities for air services managed and owned by the government.

“Based on the results of the RFP, we will choose the option providing the best overall value and safety for Manitobans,” Schuler added.

With Files From the Manitoba Government

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