Airports across northern B.C. are slated to receive $3.6 million in provincial funding.

The funding is part of B.C.’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan and B.C. Air Access Program grants. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says the pandemic has caused hardship and financial stress for the aviation sector and community airports throughout BC.

“But we’re also looking to better days ahead, post-pandemic. That’s why we’re taking action to support communities with important infrastructure upgrades so we can boost jobs, tourism, and trade that will give us a head start with B.C.’s economic recovery,” said Fleming.

The funds will enhance local airport infrastructures such as upgraded taxi lanes, new airside paving, and green building projects.

The nine airport projects being funded are as follows:

The air access program is entering its seventh year, with $32.5 million committed to 51 airports since 2017. More than 300 public airports, heliports, and water aerodromes exist in BC; grant applicants are assessed based on need, safety, environmental improvements, and essential access.