CALGARY – The Government of Canada is putting close to $2 million in new funding towards Calgary International Airport to assist it in recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program will “support projects to improve current and future flight scheduling and connection times between flights for passengers, as well as establishing dedicated corridors to enable physical distancing at the airport,” a Transport Canada release stated.
The funding is in addition to more than $57.4 million provided under the program in August 2021 for the rehabilitation of Runway 17R-35L.
“The Calgary Airport Authority continues to invest in upgrades that improve both safety and efficiency for our valued guests. Funding provided by the Government of Canada for these projects is an important part of supporting our ability to significantly contribute to Alberta’s economy, the travel and tourism sector, and the movement of critical goods for our community,” Calgary Airport Authority president and CEO Bob Sartor said in a statement.
The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program launched in May 2021 and will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.