Canada invests in projects, equipment upgrades at Moncton airport

MONCTON — The federal government plans to make major investments to help New Brunswick officials strengthen safety at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the airport authority will receive nearly $3.5 million to restore lighting and electrical systems, build runway end safety areas, and buy a snowblower, a loader, a runway sweeper and a plow truck.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the funding is good news for communities.

“Through investments like these in our air sector, we are building healthier, stronger communities for the residents of Moncton and across the country,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the funding will strengthen the region’s competitive advantage and more economic opportunities. Ottawa says the renovations and new equipment will keep passengers and workers safe.

“The Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport is an integral part of the regional economy and vital gateway to our community’s strategic transportation hub,” said Courtney Burns, president and CEO of the greater Moncton airport.

“This important investment by the Government of Canada is key to ensuring critical infrastructure and essential services are maintained in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner.”

The funding is on top of the more than $5 million provided to the airport through the Airports Capital Assistance Program in 2021 to restore Runway 11-29, install taxiway signage and purchase an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle.

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