RED LAKE – BUSINESS – “The Government of Canada recognizes the important role played by Canada’s local airports in supporting jobs and tourism, enabling investment and facilitating trade. Our investments are helping airports increase safety and accessibility for residents and travellers while supporting the continued growth of local and regional economies,” stated Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding), joined by the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, visited the Red Lake Municipal Airport to highlight the completion of recent safety improvement projects.
“Airports play a very crucial function in Northwestern Ontario,’ stated Nault. “They provide more than just a mode of transportation by providing essential services such as air ambulance and search and rescue, while also restocking our communities with goods and supplies.”
The Minister and MP Nault met with airport officials and with aviation industry officials in Red Lake as well to hear their concerns and needs.
Funding of $152,943 came from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program for these two projects. First, the purchase of a de-icer spraying trailer, which is used with a snow plow to help keep runways, taxiways and the apron clear of ice and snow; and the replacement of an omni-directional approach lighting system, including power converters and transformers, for Runway 26.
Second, the omni-directional approach lighting system which is an important part of airport operations as fog and harsh winter weather is common in the Red Lake region. Replacing the power converters and transformers will ensure the new lighting system functions effectively.
MP Nault and Minister Garneau also viewed detailed plans for the upcoming $10-million rehabilitation of Runway 08-26, Taxiways A, B and C, and Apron 2A adjacent to the Air Terminal Building. This project is also being funded through the Airports Capital Assistance Program.
“The Red Lake Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region,” concluded Nault. “This investment will help ensure continued safe airport operations for passengers, crews and employees while supporting the regional economy and its social development.”