While a useful thought, one not particularly steeped in reality at the moment.
The population is going to require a serious uptick beyond our current levels before that idea ever flies (pardon the pun) again.
Not many communities in the 12000 and less category have jet service these days, the regional feeder system being what it is.
If our airport was more easily accessible perhaps we could have become the regional airport for the region owing to our more reliable weather patterns, but alas, as the sign on the Terrace airport self proclaims they seem to have claimed that title,
More likely to see West jet and such in there before here I’m afraid, too bad, but that seems to be the way it is at the moment.