MP Jim HIllyer, right, is joined by County of Lethbridge Reeve Lorne Hickey on the tarmac of the Letbridge County Airport following a $209, 014 federal govenment funding announcement

Safety equipment improvement slated for the Lethbridge County Airport.

February 22, 2012

Lethbridge Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding for important safety improvements at the Lethbridge County Airport.

This investment through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) will support the purchase of a towed runway sweeper, an essential component of runway snow removal operations, which will ensure a safe operating environment for air carriers. 

“I am pleased to announce funding that will allow the Lethbridge County Airport to make important safety improvements,” said MP Hillyer. “Safe and efficient airports are vital to the local economies of smaller communities, and our Government is taking action to support safe air service for passengers and businesses in this region.”

“Our Government’s top priority remains completing the economic recovery: creating jobs and growth,” said Minister Lebel. “We are continuing to invest in safety-related capital projects at regional and local airports across the country, and this funding will directly and indirectly create jobs in each community, for both the airport and suppliers.”

“The County of Lethbridge is highly appreciative of the Federal Government’s ACAP funding to assist with the acquisition of this important piece of specialized runway maintenance equipment to keep the highest degree of safety standards at the Lethbridge County Airport” said Lorne Hickey, Reeve of the County of Lethbridge. “The ACAP funding provided by the Federal Government over the years has been invaluable in upgrading our runways, aprons, taxiways, and lighting systems to maximize safety for air travelers entering and departing from our Airport.”

This year, the Lethbridge County Airport is receiving $209,014 through ACAP.  In 2012-2013, the Government of Canada will invest more than $23 million for 29 projects for safety-related improvements at 23 airports across Canada.  Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; the installation of wildlife fencing; rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested more than $582 million for 709 projects at 173 airports.  Over 99 per cent of these projects were airside safety-related projects such as runway upgrades, taxiways and visual aids, as well as heavy airside mobile equipment such as fire trucks and snowplows.

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