Canada’s small airports welcome investment in safety infrastructure

Canada’s airports applaud the Government of Canada’s recent investments in infrastructure at several of Canada’s small airports. The investments support continued safe, efficient, comfortable air access for travellers in these communities.

“Small airports across the country are integral to tourism and trade in the communities they serve,” said Sam Samaddar, chair of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC) and airport director of the Kelowna International Airport.

“They connect Canada’s smaller communities to larger centres, as economic enablers contributing to job creation and regional development. But many have faced greater challenges in funding capital needs while keeping costs for travellers low.”

“Canada’s airports’ model has allowed airports to invest in their facilities, improve services for travellers and ensure capacity for the tremendous growth in air traffic we have seen over the past 25 years,” said Atlantic Canada Airports Association (ACAA) President Reg Wright, who is also the president and chief executive officer of the Gander International Airport.

“Infrastructure funding reform has been an ACAA priority for several years. Allowing airports to participate in federal funding programs makes sense, we are integral to Canada’s transportation system and drive economic development in our communities.”