HALL BEACH, NU, Feb. 12, 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.
Deb Schulte, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for King — Vaughan, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to rehabilitate airside surfaces and upgrade lighting at the Hall Beach Airport.
The investment of $9,973,717 includes the removal of all surfaces, grading and compacting new crushed aggregate on the runway, taxiway and apron; installing new edge lighting for the runway, taxiway and apron; runway identification lighting, illuminated windcones and guidance signs for the taxiway; precision approach slope indicators; a new field electrical centre complete with all airfield lighting power and control equipment; and apron floodlighting.
Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons ensure safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment, during airport operations.
"The Hall Beach Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. This investment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Hall Beach residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and community resupply, but also for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and
Member of Parliament for King — Vaughan
"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.
- This is the first time the Hall Beach Airport is receiving ACAP funding.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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