MOOSE JAW, SASK. — Moose Jaw’s airport is getting an upgrade thanks to funding assistance from the federal government.
Officials explained the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing runway and taxiway will help accommodate larger planes, including business class, turbo props and light jets.
The construction of a new apron space will increase the parking area and allow for heavier aircrafts to be parked.
Building a new hangar access road will reduce the use of taxiways by vehicle traffic.
The project also features other improvements, including the installation of additional runway, taxiway and approach lights.
The federal government will contribute $1.2 million to the project through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, while Saskatchewan is contributing $999,900.
The City of Moose Jaw will chip in $500,100 as well as cover any additional costs that arise.
“Canada’s experience under COVID-19 has demonstrated how interdependent Canadians are, as well as our need to stay connected,” said Maryam Monsef, minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development, in a statement. “Connecting Canadians through regional transportation hubs, like the Moose Jaw airport, brings jobs to rural communities in the region, and will support Canada’s economic recovery.”
Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie also praised the project, noting it will help the city’s economy.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to growing our city and reinforces our confidence that Moose Jaw is moving forward,” Tolmie said. “We thank the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for recognizing the value of this project and making significant investments. These improvements to the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport will benefit our local economy, and we thank the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority and local business community for their hard work, support and commitment to the municipal airport.”