Fairmont airport. File photo

Fairmont airport gets funding for upgrades

$17,000 to cover electronics replacements

Fairmont Hot Spring airport received $17,087 to replace elecronic, including a hazard beacon, through the latest round of B.C. Air Access Program grants.

Fairmont is one of about a dozen airports to receive funding through this granting stream.

“Our local community airports rely on funding to complete crucial safety and infrastructure upgrades,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We’re committed to these regional grants to make travel better for people throughout our province.”

The program is in its fifth year, and this year’s grants total nearly $8 million. Seven of the 16 facilities will receive funding for the first time this year. Many are located in remote northern communities that struggle to make needed improvements without support. Applicants are assessed on many factors, including demonstrated need, safety and travel benefits, environmental improvements, links to long-term vision and community support.

This year’s recipients have planned projects that will improve airport safety, support medevac and wildfire suppression services, improve economic benefits for the communities that surround them, and reduce environmental risks and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our airports are vital for B.C. and the people who rely on them. We are thrilled that the Province is, once again, dedicating funding to support these heavily used facilities and make improvements possible,” said Heather Bell, chair, BC Aviation Council. “We all need to work together to ensure future infrastructure demands are covered as well as the human resources required to operate these critical facilities.”

For more information on the program and recipients, visit:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/funding-engagement-permits/funding-grants/aviation-infrastructure-funding

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