NANAIMO, BC, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament
for Nanaimo—Alberni, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced funding for a safety
improvement project at the Nanaimo Airport.
The Nanaimo Airport is receiving $29,739 through the Airports Capital
Assistance Program (ACAP) to purchase an electronic runway condition
reporting system. This new system will provide timely, accurate and
precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.
"The Nanaimo Airport is a vital gateway for local residents, businesses,
trade and tourism," said Dr. Lunney. "This funding will enhance the
safety of all those who use this airport, especially the communities
and businesses on Vancouver Island."
"The new electronic system will allow airport staff to report surface
conditions to NAV CANADA directly from their vehicle on the runway,"
said Mike Hooper, President and CEO, Nanaimo Airport Commission. "This
equipment will also allow pilots to receive runway condition
information much sooner during rain and winter conditions which will
enhance safety for travellers."
To date, through ACAP, the Nanaimo Airport has received more than $3.7
million for 16 projects, including today's announcement. Since the
program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $606
million for 749 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:
Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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