Why more oil sands companies are choosing to develop air transportation services to access their remote operations

The company operating a tiny, privately owned airstrip northwest of Conklin, Alberta, is gearing up to service Boeing 737 jet airliners. Statoil Canada, which owns and operates the Leismer Aerodrome, handled 38,000 passengers last year and averages 334 landings and takeoffs per month at the airstrip. And while Conklin has a population of only 337 people, there are three other competing airstrips in the immediate area. Tom Arisman, operations manager at Statoil, says the company’s goal is to build the Leismer Aerodrome into the airport of choice in Conklin.

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