B.C. Air Access grant for Fairmont Airport

posted 17 days ago.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced this morning that the Fairmont Hot Springs Airport is getting a B.C. Air Access Program (BCAAP) grant to help improve safety at the facility. The airport is getting $17,087 for the replacement of electronics, including a hazard beacon.

“Our local community airports rely on funding to complete crucial safety and infrastructure upgrades,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We’re committed to these regional grants to make travel better for people throughout our province.”

The program is in its fifth year, and this year’s grants total nearly $8 million. Seven of the 16 facilities will receive funding for the first time this year. Many are located in remote northern communities that struggle to make needed improvements without support. Applicants are assessed on many factors, including demonstrated need, safety and travel benefits, environmental improvements, links to long-term vision and community support.

This year’s 16 province-wide recipients have planned projects that will improve airport safety, support Medivac and wildfire suppression services, improve economic benefits for the communities that surround them, and reduce environmental risks and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our airports are vital for B.C. and the people who rely on them. We are thrilled that the province is, once again, dedicating funding to support these heavily used facilities and make improvements possible,” said Heather Bell, Chair, BC Aviation Council. “We all need to work together to ensure future infrastructure demands are covered as well as the human resources required to operate these critical facilities.”

The Creston Airport is also receiving $105,706 in this round of funding for an airside storage building. The BCAAP is a cost-share program that provides funding to assist communities with improvements to their aviation infrastructure. B.C. has more than 300 public airports, heliports and water aerodromes, which play a significant role in connecting communities and in supporting the B.C. economy.

Source: East Kootenay News Online Weekly
Photo: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Airport

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