Enhancing safety for travelers in Northern British Columbia
FORT NELSON, BC, July 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $2,586,771 to enhance safety at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport.
Funding will pay for the rehabilitation of airfield electrical lighting and the replacement of a self-propelled snowblower and front-end loader. This work and equipment will allow for continued safe airfield visibility and the timely and effective removal of snow from runways and taxiways, ensuring safe conditions for flight crews, passengers, employees, and aerial firefighting operations.
Funding is provided through Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
- To date, through ACAP, the Northern Rockies Regional Airport has received over $11.3 million in funding for 14 safety projects, including today's announcement.
- Previous projects included the rehabilitation of airside surfaces, drainage, and electrical systems; the overlay of Runway 03-21 and Taxiway A; airfield electrical upgrades; and the purchase of a runway sweeper and snowplow truck.
- Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $691 million for 831 projects at 174 airports across the country.
"The Northern Rockies Regional Airport is an important gateway for residents and businesses in northeastern British Columbia. This work and equipment will ensure continued safe airport operations while supporting productivity and economic growth in the region."
Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River
"Our airport is the gateway to the Northern Rockies region for residents, visitors and local industry. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality welcomes this ACAP funding which will allow us to continue to operate our airport safely and efficiently with upgrades to runway equipment and our airfield electrical system."
Mayor, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Zach Segal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055