Five Manitoba airports are seeing an infusion of federal funding for safety improvements.
The Brochet Airport, Gods River Airport, Island Lake Airport, and the Little Grand Rapids Airport are each receiving $36,000 to replace a towed, multi-wheeled compactor for use on a gravel runway.
The Flin Flon Airport is receiving $282,900 for the purchase of a loader and attachments which will assist with the removal of snow and ice from runways, taxiways and the apron.
“These airports are vital links for residents and businesses in this region,” said Dan Vandal, MP for St. Boniface — St. Vital.
“Access is only available by air or winter roads for the communities of Brochet, God’s River, Island Lake, and Little Grand Rapids. This investment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for northern Manitobans, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and community resupply, but also for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres.”
Vandal made the announcement earlier this week in Winnipeg on behalf of Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
Funding for the upgrades is coming from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).