January 20, 2023 By The Canadian Press
INUVIK, N.W.T. — The federal government is increasing its funding contribution for upgrades to an airport in the Northwest Territories by $80 million.
It has now spent $230 million to extend and modernize the runway at Inuvik’s airport.
Ottawa says this will make the airport more suitable for larger and heavier aircraft, and enhance the Canadians Armed Force’s ability to operate in the Arctic.
Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport acts as a forward operating base for the Royal Canadian Air Force and Norad, in addition to hosting civilian aircraft.
The project is to extend the runway by 914 metres and modernize lighting, its navigational system and a military aircraft arrestor system.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2027.