FOND DU LAC, SK, Feb. 14, 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 Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John's South — Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to rehabilitate Runway 10-28, Taxiway A, Apron 1, and the airfield lighting system at the Fond du Lac Airport in Saskatchewan.
The investment of $12,148,100 includes rehabilitating the asphalt on the runway, Taxiway A and Apron I; installing a precision approach path indicator system for the runway; replacing the runway and Taxiway A edgelights; and replacing Apron I floodlights.
A well maintained runway, taxiway and apron is key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment, during airport operations.
"The community of Fond du Lac was profoundly touched by tragic events in 2017. Today, our Government is announcing new funding which will help ensure the continued safety and reliability of operations at the Fond du Lac Airport. We are proud to support these important renovations to the airport and the residents of Fond du Lac that rely on it."
The Honourable Seamus O'Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John's South — Mount Pearl
"Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
- This funding comes from Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
- Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
- To date, the Fond du Lac Airport has received more than $15.3 million in ACAP funding for five safety projects, including the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway, apron and airfield lighting system, new snow-clearing equipment and the installation of safety fencing.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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