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:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Communications & Public Relations Analyst
Department of Highways and Public Works
Government of Yukon
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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