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Winnipeg airport soars to new heights with federal funding

DCN-JOC News Services
Winnipeg airport soars to new heights with federal funding
WINNIPEG RICHARDSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — Crews clear snow at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

WINNIPEG, MAN. — Upgrades to Winnipeg’s airport are cleared for takeoff thanks to new federal funding.

Ottawa announced it will contribute $5.3 million to help the Winnipeg Richardson 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. The funds come from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program. They will be spent on the following projects:

  • the establishment of a new permanent structure for the security screening of non-passenger vehicles;
  • the addition of a dedicated vehicle access lane for processing cargo;
  • improvements to air terminal security;
  • upgrades to airport roadway infrastructure; and
  • projects to enable COVID-19 testing and screening at the airport.

This funding is on top of $7 million announced under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program in August 2021, for the rehabilitation of the airport’s airfield paved surfaces, and $5.7 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help the airport maintain continued operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Winnipeg and surrounding communities.

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector — in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians — it will be imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector,” said Omar Alghabra, minister of transport, in a statement.  “These critical investments will allow the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help reinvigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

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