Helping airports mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to ensure that Canada’s air transportation system provides Canadians with choice, connectivity and affordable air travel.
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, and the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg, Terry Duguid, announced close to $12.7 million to help the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.
The Government of Canada is providing the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport with almost $7 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for critical infrastructure improvements including the rehabilitation of the taxiway, other airfield paved surfaces and access roads.
These projects will help ensure continued safety for passengers, air crews and airport employees.
In addition to the funding for the critical infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada is also providing the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport with close to $5.7 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Winnipeg and surrounding communities.
“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our economy, and play a crucial role in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities,” The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport.
“This financial support will ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport will be able to provide regional accessibility, and safe, reliable and efficient air services for residents and workers in Winnipeg and its surrounding communities.”
“The pandemic has highlighted the important role Canada’s airports play in our country’s economy, and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities,” The Honourable Daniel Vandal Minister of Northern Affairs.
“As Manitoba’s primary airport, this investment in the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport will ensure communities in Manitoba continue to have access to essential goods and health services, and ensure that Manitobans remain connected with loved ones.”
“Airports throughout Manitoba are important to residents and businesses alike, many of whom depend on their local airports for personal and business travel, but also for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres,” Terry Duguid Member of Parliament for Winnipeg.
“Never is this more important as our country begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and reopens our economies.”
“Today’s announcement is good news for this region,” Barry Rempel President and CEO Winnipeg Airports Authority.
“Our collective social and economic recovery depends on connectivity and this commitment from the federal government accelerates our recovery by investing in the critical infrastructure needed at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.”