Investment at the Prince Rupert Airport

Enhancing Safety in Northern British Columbia

PRINCE RUPERT, BC, July 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Jeff Watson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport today announced an investment of $10,308,741 over two years for the overlay of Runway 13-31, Taxiways A & B and the apron, and the relocation of visual aids at the Prince Rupert Airport.

This work will ensure continued safe operation of the airport for passengers, employees, medical evacuations, and fire fighting operations.

Funding is provided through Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).

Quick Facts

  • To date, through ACAP, the Prince Rupert Airport has received over $14.4 million in funding for nine safety projects, including today's announcement.
  • Previous projects included the restoration of airfield electrical systems; pavement repair on runway 13-31; and the replacement of a snowplow truck, snowblower and runway sweeper.
  • Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $621 million for 767 projects at 174 airports across the country.

Quotes

"The Prince Rupert Airport is a vital gateway for local residents, businesses, trade and tourism. This investment will enhance safety for travellers and residents while supporting productivity and economic growth in the region."

Jeff Watson
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

"The City of Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Airport Authority are very pleased with the support of the federal government, through ACAP, to invest in the rehabilitation of the airport's runway, taxiways and apron pavement. Prince Rupert is the closest West Coast North American port to Asia and this airport improvement will support the growth of our community and enhance its attractiveness for investment in the LNG industry and port."

Jack Mussallem
Mayor, City of Prince Rupert

Associated Links

Airports Capital Assistance Program

Prince Rupert Airport


SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information:

Jana Régimbal
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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