Government of Canada invests in Sydney Airport safety

    SYDNEY, NS, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Travellers at the Sydney Airport will
benefit from a safety improvement project thanks to the Government of Canada's
Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and Regional Minister
for Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, announced today.
    "Investing in the safety of our airports is a win-win for Canadians,"
said John Baird, Canada's Transport Minister. "By investing in these projects
we are taking action to increase safety at airports, contribute to trade and
tourism, and help boost local economies."
    The project involves installing runway guard lighting and threshold
lighting. This improvement will help ensure that the Sydney Airport remains a
safe and efficient facility.
    "This funding will not only improve safety at the Sydney Airport but also
expand and enhance the economic potential of the region's air services
industry," said Minister MacKay. "Our government is taking action to improve
air safety across Canada."
    The Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) finances capital projects
related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. Eligible
airports must have year-round regularly scheduled passenger service with a
minimum of 1,000 passengers each year over the most recent three consecutive
years, they must meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements and
they cannot be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.
    Since ACAP started in 1995, including today's announcements, the
Government of Canada has invested a total of $489 million for 598 projects at
167 airports. Over 99 per cent of these projects were airside projects.
    The Sydney Airport is owned by the Sydney Airport Authority Inc.
Regularly scheduled passenger service is provided by Air Canada Jazz.
    Federal funding for this project is provided for in the existing
financial framework.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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