The Lethbridge County Airport is receiving a financial boost from the federal government.
Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced $445,255 in funding for Lethbridge County Airport to make important safety improvements.
The airport is receiving $410,637 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for the replacement of a snowblower truck that has reached the end of its useful life. The airport will also receive $34,618 to replace the existing runway condition reporting system. This system will provide timely, accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.
“Lethbridge County Airport is an important gateway for local residents and businesses in this region,” said Hillyer. “These investments promote the safe and efficient movement of passengers and cargo during all seasons and will help to ensure the right conditions for growth, job creation and economic prosperity in southern Alberta.”
The funding will go a long way towards improving safety conditions at the facility, according to County of Lethbridge Reeve Lorne Hickey.
“The County of Lethbridge is grateful for the ACAP funding for the runway snowblower and the runway condition reporting system. Transport Canada and the County both have the safety of the airport and the travelling public in mind,” said Hickey. “These two pieces of equipment will greatly help airport staff to safely maintain the runways at the Lethbridge County Airport.”
To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested more than $587.1 million for 722 projects at 173 airports. Lethbridge County Airport has received more than $8.6 million for eight projects, including today’s announcement.
Look for a full story on the announcement in tomorrow’s print edition of The Lethbridge Herald.