New funding to boost Calgary International Airport’s recovery efforts
Canada’s Ministry of Transport has announced close to C$2 million in new funding to help Calgary International Airport (YYC) recover from the effects of the pandemic, and to support continued air services and important infrastructure projects at the airport.
The funding from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, will support projects to improve current and future flight scheduling and connection times between flights for passengers, as well as establishing dedicated corridors to enable physical distancing at the airport.
This funding is in addition to more than $57.4 million provided under the programme in August 2021, for the rehabilitation of Runway 17R-35L.
“Calgary International Airport is a key transportation hub for much of southern Alberta,” stated Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport, Annie Koutrakis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra,Koutrakis.
“It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal transportation corridor for many Calgary businesses and Canada’s tourism and resource development sectors.
“This funding will enhance airport efficiency, and safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”
Bob Sartor, president and CEO of Calgary Airport Authority, said: “We continue to invest in upgrades that improve both safety and efficiency for our valued guests.
“Funding provided by the Government of Canada for these projects is an important part of supporting our ability to significantly contribute to Alberta’s economy, the travel and tourism sector, and the movement of critical goods for our community.”
YYC’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide C$571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.