Government of Canada invests in safety at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport

WHITEHORSE, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced funding for an important safety improvement project at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is receiving $6,468,186 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), for the rehabilitation of the runway apron panels which will help maintain the safe operation of the airfield for both passengers and airport employees.  The Government of Yukon is also providing $1,141,445 towards this project.

"The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is an important aviation hub for local residents, businesses, trade and tourism," said MP Leef. "This funding will enhance the safety of all those who use this airport, especially the communities and businesses in this region."

"These improvements will enhance the airport's capacity to safely manage present and future aircraft and passenger traffic," said Minister of Highways and Public Works Wade Istchenko. "The Yukon government is committed to enabling an efficient and well-functioning airport for Yukoners and visitors alike."

To date, through ACAP, the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport has received more than $8.3 million for six projects, including today's announcement. Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $608 million for 758 projects at 174 airports. Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.

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SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Ashley Kelahear
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Doris Wurfbaum
Communications & Public Relations Analyst
Department of Highways and Public Works
Government of Yukon
867-393-7193

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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