Red Deer Regional Airport expansion takes flight
By Adam FreillConstruction
Airport to see new terminal and wider runway to support additional service.
The government of Alberta has announced a $7.5-million grant to help expand the infrastructure and services at the Red Deer Regional Airport. Plans in the $18-million airport expansion project include widening the runway and constructing a terminal to support new low-cost passenger services.
These improvements will help the airport attract new passenger and cargo services aimed at offering a wider range of travel options to area residents and increasing the region’s tourism potential. More than 100 jobs will be created during construction.
“Central Albertans need a modern, expanded airport that will serve businesses, create jobs and give travellers more choice in airline options,” stated Premier Jason Kenney.
Alberta’s aviation industry employed more than 71,000 people in 2020, and it continues to grow.
“Now more than ever, aviation and aviation-related businesses are actively looking for alternatives to the ever-increasing costs associated with operating out of large airports, stated Garett Cupples, board chair at the Red Deer Regional Airport. “With low lease rates, free parking and no airport improvement fees, the Red Deer Regional Airport is well-positioned for future growth.”
Planned improvements include widening the main runway from 30 to 45 metres, strengthening existing taxiways and aprons, and constructing a terminal to support low-cost passenger services.
Work is schedule to begin this spring and conclude in the fall of this year.