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Red Deer Regional to begin $15M expansion

March 1, 2022  By Wings Staff

Red Deer Regional Airport expects its improvement plans to attract low-cost airlines, cargo, and heavy MRO services. (Photo: Red Deer Regional Airport)

Red Deer Regional Airport, CYQF, is set to begin a $15 million expansion plan with support of the Government of Alberta, Red Deer County and The City of Red Deer. The CYQF expansion plan includes widening of the main runway from 30 metres to 45 metres and strengthening of the main taxiway and apron.

“Now more than ever, aviation and related businesses are actively looking for alternatives to the ever-increasing costs associated with operating out of large airports,” said Garett Cupples, Board Chair, Red Deer Regional Airport Authority. “With low user fees and lease rates, free parking and no airport improvement fees, the Red Deer Regional Airport is well positioned for future growth.”

Red Deer Regional Airport Authority explains these key infrastructure upgrades will allow it to attract the types of businesses and aircraft commonly associated with low cost airlines, cargo operators, and heavy aircraft maintenance/repair facilities.

“The Red Deer Regional Airport, located in Red Deer County, is situated along on of the busiest transportation hubs in the province. This expansion will provide huge economic benefits to central Alberta,” said Mayor Jim Wood, of Red Deer County. “Additionally, [YQF] is positioned to become Alberta’s first ultra low cost airport providing Albertans and businesses with unique air travel options.”



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