Small Airport Projects Funded

Transport Canada had some Christmas cash for small airports across the country. Although the money was budgeted months ago, the announcements were nonetheless good news for the individual airports and a good sign that the federal government continues to support its far-flung aviation resources through the Airports Capital Assistance Program.

A lot of the projects are relatively modest, involving capital replacement of equipment like snowplows, deicing equipment and loaders but quite a few major reconstruction projects have also been funded.

Red Lake, Ontario, an important hub of aerial transport for northwestern Ontario is getting a $10 million makeover of most of airside surfaces. There are other paving projects  and lighting projects ranging from $2 million to $5 million from coast to coast.

Since 1995, the program has funded $785.9 million for 904 projects at 182 airports.