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Airport gets $5,000 grant

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The Fort Frances Airport will receive $4,700 as its share of Transport Canada’s $40-million funding injection into 49 safety projects at the nation’s airports.

The money will be used for a decelerometer, Airport and Parks Superintendent Bill Caul noted last week, which is used to test braking action on the runway.

“It’s replacing our current one with a more up-to-date one,” he explained.

The town applied for this funding through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, which finances capital projects related to safety, asset protection, and operating cost reduction.

Eligible airports must have year-round, regularly-scheduled passenger service, they must meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements, and they cannot be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.

Elsewhere in the region, the airport in Dryden received $28,300 for guidance signs and updated runway numbers while the one in Kenora got $375,000 for a new snowblower.

Sioux Lookout received $3.108 million for runway rehabilitation.

“The safety of the travelling public continues to be a top priority for our government,” federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon said in a press release.

“These projects will enhance safety and improve the economic potential of Canada’s airports and surrounding communities,” he added.

Since its creation, the Airports Capital Assistance Program has distributed more than $466 million for 562 projects at 164 airports.

Over 99 percent of these were airside safety-related projects, such as the rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, visual aids, and heavy airside mobile equipment.

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