Airport Commission

Niagara District is a municipal airport located within the Niagara-on-the-Lake boundaries and financially supported by its three surrounding municipalities - the cities of Niagara FallsSt Catharines, and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Niagara District Airport Commission manages the airport on behalf of the three municipalities.

The Commission is comprised of nine individuals - three elected councilors representing the three municipalities, and six individuals nominated by the municipalities – all serving as commissioners for a four-year term.

St. Catharines: Kevin Townsend, Councillor 905-327-0401
Henry Zwolak, Vice-chair 289-668-5796
Mark Steinman 289-362-0233
Greg Wight, Treasurer 905-988-8150
Niagara Falls: Lori Lococo, Councillor 905-931-6370
John Ventresca, Vice Chair 416-986-0297
James Detenbeck 905-348-6776
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Gary Burroughs, Councillor 905-658-8717
Robin Garrett, Chair 289-696-0773

The Commission is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and operating policies of the airport, developing and overseeing an annual operating budget, and appointing the CEO.

To stop the spread of COVID-19 in-person Commission meetings have been cancelled. Commission Meetings will be held electronically until further notice.
Recordings of Electronic Commission Meetings will be made available upon request to

Regular meetings of the Commission are held monthly on the third Thursday in the month at 7:00 pm in the Airport Terminal Boardroom, unless otherwise posted, see event page calandar. Pilots and other members of the public are welcome to attend when public meetings resume. Anyone wishing to address the Commission on any matter is required to submit a written request to the Airport Executive Assistant at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting at which that person wishes to be heard, providing details of the subject to be discussed and shall not speak on any matter other than the stated business.

Minutes are posted after approval by the Niagara District Airport Commission.

Meeting Minutes & Agendas: 2020, 20192018, 2017201620152014, 2013, 2012 | Financial Statements.

Airport Strategic Plan: Airport Strategic Plan 

Annual General Meeting: CEO's Report

Airport Vision/Mission/Values

VISION: We are Niagara Region’s hassle-free aviation hub offering VIP service to leisure and business travelers, and recreational flyers.

MISSION: To contribute to the economic prosperity of the Niagara Region by providing air connectivity for business and leisure travelers.


o    We maintain the highest aviation safety standards
o    We do business in an honest, fair, open and respectful manner. 
o    We live up to our responsibilities, meet our objectives, and fulfill our commitments. 
o    We maintain our credibility through timely communication with customers, employees and stakeholders. 
o    We instill confidence in all who deal with our organization that we can be depended to act with the highest moral and ethical standards. 

Fiscal Responsibility 
o    We make sound financial decisions that balance the interests of the community, partners, stakeholders and customers. 
o    We make decisions that help to drive the economic vitality of this region. 
o    We maintain policies to provide adequate revenues to operate without general tax support or the exercising of our authority to levy taxes.

Innovation and Excellence 
o    We seek creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges. 
o    We set high standards in all aspects of our organization and focus on continuous improvement. 

Commitment to the Community and the Environment 
o    We are responsive to the environmental concerns of the community. 
o    We demonstrate leadership in sound environmental management. 
o    We promote open and honest communication about environmental concerns. 

o    We reach common goals through strong relationships based on trust. 
o    We commit ourselves to open and respectful communication.

A Pilot Focused Atmosphere

  1. A desirable base for personal and corporate travel (charter and self-piloted)
  2. A gateway to Niagara for visiting tourist pilots
  3. A training facility for domestic and international students
  4. An attractive airport for recreational flyers, both local and itinerant
  5. A partner in in-bound organized tourism traffic

Land Development

  1. A vibrant Airside Business Park, providing a full range of aircraft related services and increasingly geared to servicing commercial aviation
  2. A business-friendly environment for Groundside (aviation related) businesses who value the convenient Niagara location

Longer Term

The Commission has also identified that in the much longer term Niagara District Airport could play an important role as part of a peninsula-based, inter-modal, LTL, rapid freight, transportation infrastructure.

Role in the Community

Niagara District Airport also exists to serve its wider communities. It already has a positive net economic benefit on the area. It will provide entertainment, recreation and business opportunities for people in the area, contributing to the future economic health, quality of life, and overall vitality of the surrounding municipalities.

There have been a number of key improvements to the airport over the years, and the Commission looks to the future with optimism, steering Niagara District towards becoming the aviation Gateway to Niagara and a vital part of the Region's economy.

Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) the NDA Airport has a total of 11.6 million dollars of improvements since 2010 including:

  1. Runway 06/24 rehabilitation
  2. New parallel Taxiway "C"
  3. Apron extension
  4. Airfield lighting - DCLED
  5. New terminal
  6. New domestic water system
  7. Additional parking lot
  8. Improved groundside lighting
  9. New road to SW Aviation area (Hanger Line Road)
  10. Perimeter fence with access controlled gates

Contact the Commission at:

Robin Garrett
Commission Chair
Niagara District Airport Commission
468 Niagara Stone Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Tel: 905-684-7447