Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local and regional airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.
The Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced the government’s $662,710 investment for the rehabilitation of Apron 1 at the Thompson Airport in Manitoba. This is in addition to $94,745 announced earlier this year for the purchase of a material spreader to apply liquid and/or sand to runways, taxiways and aprons to melt ice and improve traction. The Apron 1 rehabilitation project will include the removal of old concrete and asphalt pavement and replacing it with new asphalt to provide ongoing safety for both employees and travelers.
“The Thompson Airport is a vital link for residents and businesses in this region as many of the surrounding communities are accessible only by air during a major portion of the year,” said Minister Garneau. “This project will help ensure continued safe airport operation for passengers, flight crews, and medical evacuation activities, while contributing to these communities’ economic and social well-being.”
The funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP). Since the Program’s launch in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $785.9 million for 904 projects at 182 airports across the country.