Enhancing safety in Northern Alberta
GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $5,536,924 for the rehabilitation of Runway 12-30 and repairs to the apron, along with the purchase of an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle at the Grande Prairie Airport.
The work on the runway and apron will ensure continued safe operation for passengers, employees, medical evacuations and firefighting operations, while the state-of-the-art rescue and firefighting vehicle will greatly enhance emergency response capability at the Airport.
Funding comes from Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
- To date, through ACAP, the Grande Prairie Airport has received over $20.7 million in funding for 17 safety projects, including today's announcement.
- Previous projects included the rehabilitation of Taxiway A and Runway 07-25; improvements to the airside apron; and the replacement of a towed runway sweeper, a wheeled loader, and a plow truck and blade.
- Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested close to $650 million for 788 projects at 174 airports across the country.
"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians. This investment will improve safety for air travellers and support the efficient movement of people and goods – ensuring the right conditions for economic growth and long-term prosperity. "
Member of Parliament for Peace River
"The airport is a very important asset, not just for City of Grande Prairie residents but also for much of Northwest Alberta and Northeastern British Columbia. City council is committed to ensuring the Grande Prairie Airport continues to meet the needs of our residents and the region and we are very appreciative of the federal government's financial support."
Mayor, City of Grande Prairie
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information: Jana Régimbal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055