Abbotsford/Langley – The British Columbia government is giving grants to 23 regional airports through the B.C. Air Access Program (BCAAP) to make safety and capacity upgrades, and create a better experience for people travelling by air.
For YXX Abbotsford, it’s improvements to aprons and taxiways. In Langley, solar lighting on the runway.
“Airports are a vital transportation link across the province and a lifeline for the many smaller communities they serve,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These grants make sure airports have the support they need to make important upgrades that would otherwise be too costly.”
Past recipients, like Chetwynd Airport, have seen major improvements thanks to the support. The airport was awarded $1.3 million last year to repave its runway – a safety upgrade that was required to fix cracking pavement and halt the risk of closure.
Projects can range from minor upgrades, like Bob Quinn Lake Airport’s runway vegetation management, to major advancements, like Qualicum Beach Airport’s terminal expansion. All B.C. aviation facilities can apply for funding each winter, to be awarded the following fiscal year.
BC Air Access Program 2018-19 grant recipients
The following airports have been awarded funding grants through the BC Air Access Program to support their proposed aviation infrastructure improvements.
Airport and project:
- Abbotsford – apron and taxiway expansion
- Anahim Lake – fuel system reconfiguration
- Bella Coola – Phase 2 – certification – obstacle removal
- Bob Quinn Lake – vegetation management on runway
- Comox – fuel tank truck route
- Comox – airfield lighting upgrade
- Dease Lake – brush cutting and installation of washroom facilities
- Delta (Boundary Bay) – taxiway rehabilitation
- Fairmont Hot Springs – replace emergency vehicle gate and radios
- Fraser Lake – new windsocks, line painting and signage
- Grand Forks – water main/fire flows rehabilitation
- Kamloops (float plane dock) – float plane dock rehabilitation
- Langley – solar lighting on runway
- Nelson (Norman Stibbs) – fuel pump replacement
- 108 Mile Ranch – automated weather system replacement
- Osoyoos – runway extension and apron improvements
- Qualicum Beach – terminal expansion and rehabilitation
- Qualicum Beach – long-term parking
- Quesnel – runway lighting replacement
- Salmon Arm – relocate and upgrade taxiway
- Stewart – runway rehabilitation
- Telegraph Creek – runway rehabilitation, GPS and lighting
- Tofino (Long Beach) – terminal pavement extension
- Valemount – lighting rehabilitation
- Vanderhoof – apron expansion