GASPÉ, QC, Aug. 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to traveling 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.
Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a $3,930,528 Government of Canada investment for the rehabilitation of airside pavement at the Michel-Pouliot Gaspé Airport. A fully rebuilt and up-to-date runway, free of cracks and with proper drainage, is key in ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and for protecting costly airport safety assets such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles.
The funding comes from Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
"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 Gaspé Airport is a strategic hub for residents and businesses in our region. This project will help the airport ensure continued safe operation for passengers, flight crews, and employees. Today's announcement will allow the airport to continue to play an important role in the economic growth and social development of our community."
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
- Since ACAP started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $829.4 million for 927 projects at 185 airports across the country.
- These investments are helping to improve access to safe and efficient air transportation options, and delivering on our commitment to building safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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