Enhancing Safety in Northern British Columbia
PRINCE RUPERT, BC, July 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Jeff Watson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport today announced an investment of $10,308,741 over two years for the overlay of Runway 13-31, Taxiways A & B and the apron, and the relocation of visual aids at the Prince Rupert Airport.
This work will ensure continued safe operation of the airport for passengers, employees, medical evacuations, and fire fighting operations.
Funding is provided through Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
- To date, through ACAP, the Prince Rupert Airport has received over $14.4 million in funding for nine safety projects, including today's announcement.
- Previous projects included the restoration of airfield electrical systems; pavement repair on runway 13-31; and the replacement of a snowplow truck, snowblower and runway sweeper.
- Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $621 million for 767 projects at 174 airports across the country.
"The Prince Rupert Airport is a vital gateway for local residents, businesses, trade and tourism. This investment will enhance safety for travellers and residents while supporting productivity and economic growth in the region."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport
"The City of Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Airport Authority are very pleased with the support of the federal government, through ACAP, to invest in the rehabilitation of the airport's runway, taxiways and apron pavement. Prince Rupert is the closest West Coast North American port to Asia and this airport improvement will support the growth of our community and enhance its attractiveness for investment in the LNG industry and port."
Mayor, City of Prince Rupert
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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