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Feds to spend $100M to boost airports

Feds to spend $100M to boost airports

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced it is allocating $105 million to three new projects with Nav Canada under the National Trade Corridors Fund.

The projects are intended improve supply chain efficiency for Canadian airlines across the country, stated a release.

The government will contribute $39.2 million to provide new technology to improve the reliability of Canada’s air transportation system, especially targeting extreme weather and remote communities. Nav Canada will contribute $59.7 million toward the project, for a total investment of $98.9 million.

Another $34.5 million will be allotted to install technology to improve air traffic management. The proposed project would also allow for the implementation of drone traffic management services to monitor and control drone operations in Canada’s airspace.

Additionally, up to $31.2 million will be spent to improve the technology and infrastructure at four major airports (Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto Pearson, Calgary International and Vancouver International) to respond to increased air traffic demand. The project will reduce flying time, decrease aircraft fuel consumption and increase the movement of cargo.

“These important investments will accelerate innovation and deliver significant safety, environmental and economic benefits through a seamless, space-enabled, digitally enhanced air navigation system to address future growth in air travel and provide greater value to Canadians,” stated Raymond Bohn, CEO of Nav Canada, in a statement.

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