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Kamloops airport lands federal funding for improvements

May 13, 2021 - 10:41 AM

A federal funding boost for the Kamloops airport is paving the way for infrastructure improvements scheduled for July.

Over $1.4 million from Transport Canada will support half of the costs to rehabilitate two taxiways and partially fund new airfield snow removal equipment, according to a news release from the airport.

“This anticipated investment from Transport Canada, first announced as part of last fall’s economic statement, comes at a time when YKA, and most Canadian airports, are preparing for the recovery from the catastrophic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry,” Kamloops airport managing director Ed Ratuski said in the release. “Advancing these critical infrastructure projects in 2021 is essential in providing a safe operating environment for passengers, airlines and all users of airport services and facilities.”

The taxiway project will start in late July and run six days a week for eight weeks. It's not expected to disrupt any flight activity.

“These projects will also help guarantee that our facilities are in excellent condition to support the return of leisure and business travel, when it is safe to do so," Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said in the release.

The federal government's Airports Capital Assistance Program will pay for half of the rehabilitation of the two taxiways, while the secondary project to replace the old airfield snow removal equipment will be partially funded by the program.

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