Quesnel’s airport is getting a boost from provincial funding.
The city is set to receive over $300,000 through the The B.C. Air Access Program. The program aims to improve airport infrastructure inside municipalities that might otherwise be unable to afford it.
The money will be used to upgrade the helipad at the airport.
“We know the pandemic has caused financial stress for many industries and significantly impacted our aviation sector throughout B.C., including our community airports,” Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a news release. “But we’re also looking to better days ahead, post-pandemic. That’s why we’re taking action to support communities with important infrastructure upgrades so we can boost jobs, tourism and trade that will give us a head start with B.C.’s economic recovery.”
The province gave out over $9 million to fund projects at 27 different airports. The airport in Williams Lake received a similar amount of money.
“Receiving funding for our air facilities means we can look forward to making the important upgrades that will get our community moving again,” said Walt Cobb, mayor, Williams Lake. “This has been a hard year, and rural areas have felt the deep impact of restrictions, but support like this helps to bring us closer to economic recovery and get us all back on our feet.”
The airport in Quesnel has not hosted public commercial flights since Central Mountain Air ceased service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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