The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport will receive more than $1.7 million from the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to expand one of the airport’s aprons, where aircraft park, to create additional space for the movement of larger aircraft.
The funding will also be used to improve flight scheduling and connection times between flights for passengers, as well as establishing dedicated corridors to enable physical distancing at the airport.
“These funds will help ensure that we continue to support our community in providing safe and efficient long-term infrastructure for future growth and development,” said Stephen Maybury, CEO, Diefenbaker International Airport.
This funding is in addition to the $10.9 million provided under the program in August 2021, for the rehabilitation of the primary runway and apron pavement surfaces, the installation of new LED runway edge lights, and the replacement of select storm drains.
The Government of Canada also provided the airport with $2.8 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Saskatoon and surrounding communities.
“The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport is a key transportation hub for much of central and northern Saskatchewan,” said Annie Koutrakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport. “It connects family and friends, helps travellers discover new destinations, and is a pivotal trade corridor for many Saskatchewan businesses.”