Government of Canada invests in Prince Rupert Airport upgrades

OTTAWA, July 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, together with Maureen Macarenko, president of the Prince Rupert Airport Authority, announced today that the Government of Canada is making important safety upgrades to the Prince Rupert Airport.

"Our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is committed to aviation safety and security across the country," said Minister Day. "We are investing in the Prince Rupert Airport to ensure that efficient and safe systems are in place to serve the community's residents, businesses and visitors well into the future."

"This funding will allow the Prince Rupert Airport to make important safety upgrades, and maintain excellent service to passengers and businesses throughout the community," said Baird. "Smaller airports are vital to many communities across the country, which is why the Government of Canada is taking action to invest in these much-needed safety upgrades."

"The Airport Authority is pleased with Transport Canada's recent announcement of further financial support under the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for important safety upgrades at the Prince Rupert Airport," said Ms. Macarenko. "It is the Airport Authority's hope that the federal government will continue its ACAP support and recognize the airport as a key and complementary component to the port development under the Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative."

The Government of Canada is investing $223,000 to replace the existing snowplow truck and plow at the Prince Rupert Airport. This new funding is in addition to previous federal investments worth $2.45 million that have allowed the airport to repair runway pavement joints and restore the airport's airfield electrical systems.

This year, the Government of Canada will invest more than $42 million in safety-related improvements at airports across Canada. These improvements will be funded in 2010-2011 under ACAP.

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SOURCE Government of Canada

For further information: For further information: James Kusie, Director of Issues Management and Parliamentary Affairs, Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055

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