CRANBROOK, BC, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - David Wilks, Member of Parliament
for Kootenay—Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport,
today announced funding for an important safety improvement project at
the Canadian Rockies International Airport.
The Canadian Rockies International Airport is receiving $33,715 through
the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for a runway condition
reporting system which will enhance safety by providing timely, accurate and precise
wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.
"The Canadian Rockies International Airport is a vital gateway for local residents, businesses, trade and
tourism," said MP Wilks. "This funding will enhance the safety of all
those who use this airport, especially the communities and businesses
in this region."
"The Canadian Rockies International Airport is a vital economic catalyst
for the Kootenay Region," said Wayne Stetski, Mayor of Cranbrook. "The
City of Cranbrook appreciates that the federal government continues to
invest in airports through ACAP. This equipment will enable staff to
send surface condition reports directly to NAV CANADA from their
vehicles, making the information available to pilots more quickly
during winter conditions."
To date, through ACAP, the Canadian Rockies International Airport has
received more than $8 million for 13 projects, including today's
announcement. Since the program started, the Government of Canada has
invested more than $606 million for 751 projects at 174 airports.
Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile
equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway
pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provides new opportunities for growth, job
creation and long-term prosperity. Thanks to the Government of
Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals,
the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better
than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader
among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with over one million net
new jobs created since July 2009.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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