THOMPSON, MB – 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 Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced the government’s $662,710 investment for the rehabilitation of Apron 1 at the Thompson Airport. 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 travellers.
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.
“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. 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”, said Marc Garneau.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that safe and efficient airports are vital to the economic and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting personal travel and tourism, local and regional airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. Our investments improve access to safe and efficient air transportation options, and deliver on our promise to help build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”