FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Regional Airport is getting more than $8.2 million through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program.

The announcement Wednesday includes plans is to improve Runway 03-21 with engineering, civil construction works, and electrical upgrades. An additional project will replace the emergency backup generator.

“The North Peace Regional Airport is an economic enabler for our region that fosters resilient communities,” says Jim McKnight, President of North Peace Airport Society. “Our runway is a vital piece of infrastructure that not only supports leisure and business travel, including fly-in and fly-out projects but also wildfire suppression services and medevac services.”

Airport Managing Director Mike Karsseboom says the investment comes at a time when the airport industry is getting ready to rebound from the impacts of the global pandemic.

“I’m delighted that we will be able to advance these critical infrastructure projects in 2021, to support continued safe operations and maintain air connectivity for the community we proudly serve,” says Karsseboom.

Construction is expected to start in July, with no expected disruption to flight traffic. Runway 12/30 will stay operational during the construction project. The generator will be replaced later on in the summer.