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Four small B.C. airports get a lift as federal government awards $9.5M for upgrades

By On-Site Staff   


NANAIMO, B.C.—Runways and taxiways at a pair of small airports on Canada’s West Coast are set for rehabilitation projects as part of a federal investment in safety upgrades at four B.C. airfields.

Ottawa said it has awarded approximately $9.5 million for the improvements, the vast majority of which will go to Tofino-Long Beach Airport and the Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace-Kitimat for runway, taxiway and apron work. The airfield on Vancouver Island will receive $5.4 million of the funds, while the northern B.C. airport will get approximately $3.7 million.

The remaining investments will pay for $271,803 in new maintenance equipment at West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar, B.C., as well as $157,241 in lighting and wildlife fencing at the Masset Municipal Airport.

The funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program.



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