WILLIAMS LAKE, BC, March 8, 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 rehabilitate the airfield electrical systems at the Williams Lake Regional Airport. The investment of $1,498,181 includes installing new edge lighting on Runway 11-29, Taxiway A and the apron, and replacing illuminated airfield guidance signs, windsocks and the airport beacon.
Well maintained airfield electrical systems ensure safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews during airport operations. These updated systems can lower energy costs, improve visibility and reduce costs related to maintenance and repair.
"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 Williams Lake Regional Airport has received more than $7.2 million in ACAP funding for nine safety projects, including the rehabilitation of the airfield electrical systems and the pavement on Runway 11-29 and Taxiway A, and the installation of a runway condition reporting system.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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