The Government of Canada announced more than $18 million in funding to help the Kelowna International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

“These critical investments will allow the Kelowna International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel,” said Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra.

To help ensure safe airport operations for aircraft, passengers and crew, the airport will receive over $15.2 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to support:

  • the expansion of the airport’s combined operations building;
  • the replacement of sections of the terminal building roof;
  • upgrades to airfield lighting infrastructure;
  • the construction of runway end safety areas (RESA); and
  • the establishment of facilities and modified airport infrastructure to facilitate improved flow and management of air travellers and airport employees related to COVID-19 testing and screening.

“By investing in critical transportation infrastructure projects we are enhancing airport safety for travellers, air crews, and airport workers,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and the Minister for Pacific Economic Development Canada. “This continued support will fund important upgrades while creating jobs, bolstering the regional economy as we recover from the effects of the pandemic and look to grow economically after a year of extreme weather in British Columbia.”

Featured image: (Kelowna International Airport)

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