International Airport receiving over $5 million in pandemic recovery

Fort McMurray’s International Airport will be receiving over $5 million in new funding to help recover from loses caused by the last two years of COVID-19.

On Feb. 7, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, announced the funding as part of the Airport Relief Fund initially launched in May 2021.

The airport will receive $2.7 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to support upgrades to the airfield lighting system and to purchase new snow removal equipment.

Another $2.6 million will be provided from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the Wood Buffalo area.

“The Fort McMurray International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for Fort McMurray, but for much of northern Alberta,” says Boissonnault.

“These critical investments will allow the Fort McMurray International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and equipment needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel,” said Alghabra.

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