The BC government is putting $24 million into a BC Air Access program, which will provide funding for small and regional airports for the next three years – and one of the airports receiving funding is Dawson Creek Regional Airport.
The airport received $82,311 to replace the leaking terminal roof, add CCTV to the grounds and replace the secure key control access system.
The announcement was made yesterday, and Airport Manager Ian Darling said they also fixed the roof and they finished tenders for the CCTV in the same day.
Darling added that they have used all of the funding provided by the government, but there are several improvements he’d like to take care of – such as the need for a new baggage belt and additional lighting for night services.
“Next year, we’ll try to get some more approved.”
Bob Steele, Director of Policy and Programs with the Ministry of Transportation, says they were diligent to make sure they provided funding fairly across the province.
“Part of the focus this year, and in most years, is just looking at the applications that come in for folks that need to maintain their existing assets base at the airport,” he said, adding the BC government wanted to allow those airports to continue to be the regional economic drivers they are in those communities.
Steele says regional airports are important because they provide all sorts of services small communities need – such as travel, trade, tourism, and Medivac when needed.
Other regional airports that received funding include Northwest Regional Airport, South Cariboo Regional Airport, Williams Lake Airport, and Grand Forks Municipal Airport.
Northwest Regional Airport, located between Terrace and Kitimat, received the largest amount of funding – $4.42 million toward expansion of the airport facility.