Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kamloops Airport flying high with new funding

News Release Kamloops Monday, June 27, 2016 9:15 AM
The Government of B.C. is providing $2.6 million in B.C. Air Access Program funding to support improvements at Kamloops Airport, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

“A thriving, vibrant airport is a critical engine of growth for any community. The Kamloops Airport has seen an increase of over 25% in passenger volumes in the past five years, helping to drive growth in many sectors so important to Kamloops such as mining and tourism, as well as at Thompson Rivers University,” said Stone. “These infrastructure safety improvements will go a long way to ensuring the Kamloops Airport is able to continue to drive growth and jobs in Kamloops, the Thompson Valleys and British Columbia.”

With the support of B.C. Air Access funds, the Kamloops Airport will rehabilitate a section of the airport apron, or the area where aircraft park to load, unload and refuel. The apron can get congested, which has the potential to delay the movement of aircraft during peak periods. This project will ensure the safe and efficient manoeuvring of all air traffic, as well as vehicles and personnel servicing aircraft. In addition, a new dedicated vehicle access route to the apron will be built. The airport will provide the remaining funds needed to complete this $3.4-million improvement to the airport.

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