CHARLO, NB, April 16, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today visited the Charlo Regional Airport to highlight the recent completion of three safety improvement projects: the purchase of a loader with attachments, a runway snow blower and a friction tester. The loader and snow blower help keep runways, taxiways and the apron clear of ice and snow, and the friction tester will provide timely, accurate and precise wireless recording of runway surface conditions.
Funding of $706,750 came from Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program for these three projects.
Minister Garneau was also updated on the pending delivery of a $246,000 plow truck with dry material spreader. This equipment is also being funded through the Airports Capital Assistance Program.
A well maintained runway, taxiway and apron free of ice and snow, along with timely reporting of runway landing conditions, are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, as well as helping to protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the important role played by Canada's local airports in supporting jobs and tourism, enabling investment and facilitating trade. Our investments are helping airports increase safety and accessibility for residents and travellers, while supporting the continued growth of local and regional economies."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
"The Charlo Regional Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in Northern New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula. These investments help ensure continued safe airport operations for passengers, crews and employees, while supporting the regional economy and its social development."
Member of Parliament for Madawaska—Restigouche
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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