The federal government on Monday (Nov. 28) announced new funding to support infrastructure upgrades at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW).
Speaking at a press conference, Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said the airport will receive close to $4 million from Ottawa’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the rehabilitation of pavement on Taxiways A, M, AA, BB, and CC.
The funding is in addition to the $6.4 million announced in 2021 under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the construction of a light rail transit (LRT) station at the airport, and $5.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund, to help the airport maintain continued airport operations and essential services.
“As we continue with the return of aviation activity that supports the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it is imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector,” said Minister Alghabra.
“These critical investments will allow the Ottawa International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”
Mark Laroche, president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, said the support is “ever more important as we continue our recovery, welcoming new partnerships and air service to YOW that will benefit Canada’s Capital Region.”