LA RONGE, SK, Aug. 15, 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 announced a Government of Canada investment to purchase a grader at the La Ronge (Barber Field) Airport. The grader, valued at $334,000, will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.
Keeping runways taxiways and aprons free of ice and snow ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.
"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 La Ronge (Barber Field) Airport has received more than $7.5 million in ACAP funding for eight safety projects, including the installation of wildlife control fencing, the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiways, and apron, and the replacement of snow clearing equipment.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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