Harper government invests in safety at Sydney Airport

SYDNEY, NS, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced funding that will allow the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport to make important safety improvements.

"Infrastructure investments at regional airports are a key part of our government's plan to create jobs and generate economic growth," said MP Armstrong. "I am pleased that this funding will directly and indirectly create jobs for the airport and local suppliers."

This year, the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is receiving $363,000 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to purchase a runway condition reporting system and replace an emergency power system.

"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians," said Minister Lebel. "We are committed to fund safety-related capital projects at regional airports across the country because these airports are vital gateways for local residents, businesses, trade and tourism. These upgrades will improve safety for air travelers and support the efficient movement of goods - helping to ensure the right conditions for economic growth and long-term prosperity."

"These improvements are welcome investments that will make our airport safer for the traveling public," said Doug Peach, Board Chairman, J. A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport.  "Travelers can be confident that our airport will be equipped with the latest technology in runway condition reporting and emergency power systems."

In 2012-2013, the Harper government will invest more than $25.9 million for 35 projects for safety-related improvements at 26 airports across Canada. Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.

To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested more than $585.6 million for 715 projects at 173 airports. Over 99 per cent of these projects were airside safety-related projects such as runways, taxiways and visual aids, as well as heavy airside mobile equipment such as fire trucks and snowplows.

SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information:

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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