WINNIPEG, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister
of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St.
James—Assiniboia, today announced an investment of $666,819 for
important safety improvements at the St. Andrews Airport, The Pas
Airport, and the Thompson Regional Airport through the Airports Capital
Assistance Program (ACAP).
"These airports are vital gateways for local residents, businesses,
trade and tourism," said Minister Fletcher. "This funding will enhance
the safety for all those who use these airports, especially the
communities and businesses in Winnipeg and Northern Manitoba."
The St. Andrews Airport is receiving $35,867 to purchase a runway
condition reporting system which will provide timely, accurate and
precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions;
The Pas Airport is receiving $418,952 for the replacement of a
snowblower which will ensure the timely and effective removal of snow,
slush and ice from runways and taxiways; and the Thompson Regional
Airport is receiving $212,000 to replace a grader which will enhance
the snow clearing operations and maintenance of the gravel runway.
"The Thompson Regional Airport Authority would like to thank the
Government of Canada for its continued support of our Airport in
funding this new grader," said Curtis Ross, President and CEO. "The
funds we receive enable us to work together with Transport Canada in
ensuring a safe and economically viable airport. Without assistance
from programs such as ACAP, the safety, comfort and reliability of our
airport would not be what it is today."
Since 2006-2007, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested
more than $218 million for 264 projects at 96 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:
Office of the Honourable Steven Fletcher
Minister of State (Transport), Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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