Canada to Invest Millions in Airport Infrastructure

By Paul Riegler on 11 May 2021
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Toronto Pearson International Airport

The Canadian government announced two programs to help the country’s airports recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel over the past 15 months.

Ottawa will set aside 700 million Canadian dollars ($578 million) to support the country’s airport infrastructure as it recovers from the pandemic.

The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, which will be funded at $490 million, is intended for larger airports and was designed to help them with infrastructure related to safety, security, and connectivity, while the Airport Relief Fund, which is funded at $65 million, is intended for smaller airports and to help them maintain operators.

Under the first program, airlines will get funding for projects that include runway repairs and rehabilitation, airfield lighting enhancements, investments in terminals, and the creation of new transit stations to provide connectivity to public transit systems.

“Airports have played a crucial role since the start of the pandemic by continuing to provide essential air services, including traveling to medical appointments, air ambulance services, community resupply, getting goods to market, search and rescue operations, and forest fire response,” Transport Canada, the government agency responsible for air, marine, rail, and road transportation, said in a statement.

The programs were announced Tuesday by Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, who noted that the country’s airports are major contributors to the Canadian economy.

“These programs will help ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, our airports remain viable and continue to provide Canadians with safe, reliable and efficient travel options, while creating and maintaining good paying jobs in the airport sector,” he said.

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