Feds invest in safety at Canadian Rockies International Airport
July 19, 2013, Cranbrook, B.C. - David Wilks, member of parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, on behalf of Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has announced funding for an important safety improvement project at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.
The Canadian Rockies International Airport is receiving $33,715 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for a runway condition reporting system which will enhance safety by providing timely, accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.
"The Canadian Rockies International Airport is a vital gateway for local residents, businesses, trade and tourism," said MP Wilks. "This funding will enhance the safety of all those who use this airport, especially the communities and businesses in this region."
"The Canadian Rockies International Airport is a vital economic catalyst for the Kootenay Region," said Wayne Stetski, Mayor of Cranbrook. "The City of Cranbrook appreciates that the federal government continues to invest in airports through ACAP. This equipment will enable staff to send surface condition reports directly to NAV CANADA from their vehicles, making the information available to pilots more quickly during winter conditions."
To date, through ACAP, the Canadian Rockies International Airport has received more than $8 million for 13 projects, including today's announcement. Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $606 million for 751 projects at 174 airports. Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.