The Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has announced a Government of Canada investment of $719,205 for two safety improvement projects at the Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport; An investment of $214,008 for the purchase of a grader at the Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace, British Columbia, and an investment of $356,680 for the purchase of a grader at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson, British Columbia.
At Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the purchase includes a grader and the rehabilitation of airside edge lighting, signage and the airfield lighting control system. The grader, valued at $353,440 will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron. The rehabilitation project, valued at $365,765, includes replacing airside lighting with LED lights for clearer visibility.
Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons that are clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations. This equipment will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.
“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors,” said Minister Garneau. “These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”