PORT HARDY, BC, Dec. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The Port Hardy Airport plays an important transportation role, providing northern Vancouver Island residents and visitors access to employment, and local fishing, outdoor sports and nature. To maintain safe and effective operations in all types of weather, the airport is in need of a place to store valuable equipment.
Today, Transport Canada awarded a $4.98 million contract to JDG Construction Management Ltd. to construct a new building at the airport for storage and maintenance of equipment, vehicles and materials such as de-icing liquids. Construction work is expected to begin in early 2018 and completed by March 2019. Investing in the airport will create good middle class jobs and economic opportunities for those in the community.
The new building will feature 1,400m2 of space across two levels. In addition to storing equipment, the building will contain offices, washrooms and change rooms, showers, a break room, an operations and planning room, and an Emergency Command Centre.
The existing maintenance building will be decommissioned and demolished at a later date.
"It takes a lot of equipment to keep an airport running year-round. Frequent exposure to winter weather can lead to equipment failure, causing flight delays or cancellations. This new equipment maintenance building will provide proper storage for equipment during the off season period. This will help minimize any impact to the travelling public and aircraft operations at Port Hardy Airport."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
- The Port Hardy Airport was constructed in 1941 during the Second World War and was used by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Airport ownership was transferred to Transport Canada in 1946.
- The Port Hardy Airport provides passenger and air mail services, and is also used as a refuelling station for aircraft.
- CP Air was the first airline to use the airport to provide service to Vancouver, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert and Sandspit.
- The Port Hardy Air Terminal Building was officially opened in July 1963.
This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons living with visual disabilities.
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700, [email protected]; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]