Airports in Canada receive new funding from Canada Government
As a part of the Government of Canada’s strategy, they ensure that Canada’s air transportation system provides Canadians with choice, connectivity and affordable air travel, helping airports mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s world-leading network of airports has been put under substantial financial strain as a result of the dramatic decline in passenger travel. Investments in airport infrastructure are crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, airport workers and surrounding communities.
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, City of Leduc Mayor, Bob Young, Leduc County Mayor, Tanni Doblanko, and Edmonton International Airport President and CEO Tom Ruth, announced close to $24.7 million to help the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.
"EIA is essential for the economic recovery of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, Alberta, and northern Canada. Restoring strong, international air service is an imperative for our business community, the tourism visitor economy and passengers. This important federal funding will help us maintain operations and start infrastructure improvements to enhance safety, "Tom Ruth, president and CEO Edmonton International Airport
As per a recent release, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, will make an important funding announcement in support of airport recovery at the Vancouver International Airport. Minister Alghabra will be joined by the President and CEO of the Vancouver International Airport, Tamara Vrooman.
The Government of Canada is providing the EIA with almost $18.5 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for critical infrastructure improvements including upgrades to runways and airfield lighting. The work will begin in late 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2024. These projects will help ensure continued safety for passengers, air crews and airport employees.
“As we move forward with the safe gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, both in Canada and internationally, in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments at the Edmonton International Airport will help maintain airport and passenger safety and security, and improve operational efficiency and connectivity by ensuring the airport continues to meet all federal safety standards,” the Honourable Omar Alghabra, minister of Transport.
In addition to the funding for the critical infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada is also providing the Edmonton International Airport with close to $6.2 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Edmonton and surrounding communities.