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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has announced a Government of Canada investment of $719,205 for two safety improvement projects at the Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport in Prince Albert, Sask.: the purchase of a grader and the rehabilitation of airside edge lighting, signage and the airfield lighting control system.
The grader, valued at $353,440, will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron. The rehabilitation project, valued at $365,765, includes replacing airside lighting with LED lights for clearer visibility.
Well maintained and highly visible runways, taxiways and aprons that are kept clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.
“The Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. These investments will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Prince Albert residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and community resupply, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres,” said The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for (Regina–Wascana)
“Our government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities,” said Garneau. “In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”
- This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
- Since the program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
- To date, the Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport has received more than $12.2 million in ACAP funding for 13 safety projects, including the rehabilitation of pavement on Runway 08-26; the rehabilitation and reconfiguration of the taxiway and apron; the upgrade of airfield lighting systems; and the purchase of a runway snowblower, front-end loader and sweeper.