SASKATOON, SASK. – The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.7 million towards the expansion of one of the aprons at John G. Diefenbaker Airport in Saskatoon, Sask.
The funding is part of federal efforts to help the airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding, through the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, will be used to improve flight scheduling and connection times between flights for passengers and establish dedicated corridors to enable physical distancing at the airport.
The funding is in addition to $10.9 million provided under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program in August 2021 to rehabilitate the primary runway and apron pavement surfaces, installation of new LED runway edge lights and replacement of select storm drains.
“The Saskatoon Airport Authority is a partner in developing Saskatoon and Saskatchewan by delivering the most valued airport experience in Canada through its focus on safety, security, and customer experience. 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 Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport president and CEO Stephen Maybury in a press release.
The Government of Canada also provided the airport with $2.8 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to assist in maintaining continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Saskatoon and surrounding communities.
The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program was launched in May 2021 and is planned to provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports related to “safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, and testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants,” a Transport Canada release said.