Passenger Terminal Today - Elizabeth Baker

The Canadian Government has committed more than C$4m (US$3.15m) to Victoria International Airport in Canada to help it recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The airport will receive more than C$1.3m (US$1m) from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for upgrades to the lighting on the approach to Runway 09. The work will include the installation of new land-based and water-based lighting systems, with the water-based fixtures being structurally reinforced to withstand impacts from barges that work in the area. It will also include the reconfiguration and extension of the existing floatplane dock to accommodate the new lighting system. In addition to funding for the infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada provided the airport with over C$3m (US2.3m) from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Victoria and surrounding communities.

The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide airports with C$571.2m (US$450m) in funding over five years for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass-transit systems, and testing and screening related to Covid-19 and its variants. The Airport Relief Fund, also launched in May 2021, provided C$64.8m (US$51m) in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than C$250m (US$197m).

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