The Government of Canada has unveiled an investment plan to improve transportation infrastructure at the Gander International Airport in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Under the plan, approximately $5m will be invested in the project, which includes resurfacing of Runway 13/31 and the adjoining taxiways and aprons.

Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame Scott Simms said: “The Gander International Airport is an important economic generator for our province. Upgrading its critical infrastructure will ensure it keeps serving not only our local community but, as we have all witnessed, the international community, for generations to come.”

The project is expected to boost the safety and sustainability of the Gander International Airport which is part of the National Airports System.

“We are supporting projects that will efficiently move commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth and create quality middle-class jobs.”

The 26 airports in the National Airports System serve approximately 95% of all scheduled passenger and cargo traffic in Canada while managing almost all of Canada’s international trade flows by air.

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said: “Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors.

“We are supporting projects that will efficiently move commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”

During the construction phase, the project is expected to create 100 jobs.

Operated by The Gander International Airport Authority, the airport imparts a key role in the economic and community development of the Town of Gander and the Central Newfoundland Region.