Federal funding for Calgary’s runway rehabilitation project
Calgary International Airport (YYC) is to receive C$57.5 million from the Canadian government to help it complete the rehabilitation of its west runway (Runway 17R/35L).
The funding comes under the umbrella of Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, which is specifically designed to ensure that airports complete investments in infrastructure deemed crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, airport workers, and communities.
Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, the Honourable Jim Carr, noted that the funding would help the airport as it recovers from the impact of the COVID pandemic.
The project will include removing the existing pavement structure, recycling all materials, rehabilitating the runway structure, installing new Runway End Safety Areas, and upgrading the runway’s electrical system.
“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our economy and play a crucial role in sustaining the social and economic wellbeing of our communities,” said Alghabra.
“This financial support will ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, the Calgary International Airport will be able to provide regional accessibility and safe, reliable, and efficient air services for residents and workers in the City of Calgary and its surrounding communities.”
While president and CEO of Calgary Airport Authority, Bob Sartor, enthused: “On behalf of the crew at Calgary International Airport, I’d like to thank the federal government for their investment in the West Runway Rehabilitation project, a critical piece of YYC infrastructure.
“The project will take two to three years to complete and create 200 to 300 jobs for Albertans.
“This investment reinforces our role as a vital hub well positioned to contribute to the economic growth of the region, and ensures the demands of passenger and cargo traffic are met as we look forward to a safe and secure return to travel.”