Harper government invests in safety at Manitoba airports

WINNIPEG, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced funding that will allow the St. Andrews Airport, The Pas Airport and the Thompson 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 Minister Fletcher. "I am pleased that this funding will directly and indirectly create jobs for the airports and local suppliers."

This year, under the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), the St. Andrews Airport is receiving $16,211 to install fibre optic signs; The Pas Airport is receiving $186,756 to purchase a snowplow truck; and the Thompson Airport is receiving $554,448 to purchase a towed runway sweeper and a snow blower.

"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."

"The Thompson Regional Airport Authority would like to thank the Minister and the current government in assisting us with enhancing safety at our airport.  This type of continued commitment and support is critical to small and regional airports in ensuring a safe airport transportation system for all throughout regions of Canada," said Curtis Ross, CEO/President of the Authority.

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:

Brayden Akers
Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable
Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), Ottawa
Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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