STEPHENVILLE, NL, March 6, 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.
Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, visited the Stephenville Airport to highlight the recent completion of a safety improvement project: the replacement of a snowplow truck. This equipment will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.
Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons that are kept clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.
Funding of $248,000 for this project came from Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program.
"The Stephenville Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region of Newfoundland and Labrador. This new equipment helps ensure continued safe operations for flights, passengers, crews and employees, while supporting regional economic development."
Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains
"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
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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