The Canadian government has committed more than 4 million Canadian dollars (3.15 million US dollars) to Victoria International Airport in Canada to help it recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and to support the continuation of air services and major transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.
The airport will receive more than C$1.3 million (US$1 million) from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the lighting upgrade at the approach to Runway 09. work will include the installation of new land and water lighting systems. , with water-based facilities being structurally reinforced to withstand impacts from barges working in the area. It will also include the reconfiguration and extension of the existing seaplane dock to accommodate the new lighting system. In addition to funding for infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada has provided the airport with more than C$3 million (US$2.3 million) from Transport Canada’s Airports Assistance Fund to help maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in and around Victoria. communities.
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The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide airports with C$571.2 million (US$450 million) in funding over five years for eligible security-related infrastructure projects, security, connectivity to public transport systems and related tests and controls. to Covid-19 and its variants. The Airport Relief Fund, also launched in May 2021, provided C$64.8 million (US$51 million) in funding in 2021-22 for targeted airports with 2019 revenues of less than C$250 million. (197 million US dollars).
Annie Koutrakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, said, “Victoria International Airport is a transportation hub not just for Victoria, but for much of Vancouver Island. It connects us to family and friends, helps us discover new destinations and is a vital trade corridor for many businesses in Victoria. This funding will improve airport safety for travellers, crews and airport workers while supporting jobs and our regional economy.
The Honorable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, said: “As we move forward with the safe and gradual return to operations in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support health, safety and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian aviation sector. These critical investments will allow Victoria International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help reinvigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe when they travel.