Saskatoon airport receives C$1.7 million in government funding

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The Canadian government will provide John G Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon with more than C$1.7 million (US$1.3 million) from the airport’s critical infrastructure program, to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With this funding, the airport intends to expand one of its aprons to create additional space for the movement of larger aircraft. The funding will also be used to improve flight scheduling and connection times between flights for passengers, as well as establish dedicated lanes to enable physical distancing at the airport.

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This funding is in addition to the C$10.9 million (US$8.4 million) provided under the program in August 2021 for the rehabilitation of main runway and apron pavement surfaces, installation of new LED runway edge lights and replacement of storm drains.

The Canadian government has also provided the airport with C$2.8 million (US$2.1 million) from Transport Canada’s Airports Assistance Fund to help maintain continued airport operations and air services. essential for residents and workers in Saskatoon and surrounding communities.

According to the government, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role that airports play in the country’s economy and in maintaining the social and economic well-being of its communities. These investments should therefore improve access to safe, reliable and efficient air travel options, and help the country build safer, healthier and stronger communities as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Annie Koutrakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation, said, Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport is a transportation hub for much of central and northern Saskatchewan. It connects family and friends, helps travelers discover new destinations and is a vital trade corridor for many Saskatchewan businesses. This funding will improve airport safety for travellers, crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra added: “As we move forward with the safe return of operations in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support the health, safety and the safety of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian aviation sector. These critical investments will allow Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and equipment needed to help reinvigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe when traveling. .

Stephen Maybury, President and CEO of Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport, said, “The Saskatoon Airport Authority is a partner in the development of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan by providing the best airport experience popular in Canada with a focus on safety, security and customer experience. These funds will allow us to continue to support our community by providing safe and efficient long-term infrastructure for future growth and development.

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