Wabush Airport is to benefit from over C$2 million in funding from the Canadian government for its ongoing infrastructure improvements.
The announcement of the windfall was made by Peter Penashue, regional minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, last week on the behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
“Wabush airport is experiencing a significant rise in passenger and aircraft movements as a result of increased mining and exploration activity in the region,” said Minister Penashue.
“This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s continued support to regional communities and to the development of local economies. The Wabush Airport plays a vital role in supporting this development.”
Infrastructure improvements to the airport include a $1.7 million roof restoration for passenger terminal and maintenance buildings.
The restoration work is underway and is expected to be completed this autumn.
In addition, this investment will contribute to the South Airport Terminal Building parking upgrade. A contract for C$436,000 was recently awarded to HJ O'Connell Construction Ltd for this work that is expected to begin in September and that will include additional electrically-serviced parking spaces.
“Given the expansion of the mining and exploration industries in Western Labrador, keeping this airport in top shape is vital,” stated Lebel.
“This investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Wabush Airport, it will make sure it continues to meet the needs of the people and businesses of Western Labrador for years to come.”
Wabush Airport is a regional/local airport located in the southwest corner of Newfoundland and Labrador.
It is owned and operated by Transport Canada and primarily serves the communities of Wabush, Labrador City and Fermont, Quebec.