The Canadian Government has announced funding to support transportation infrastructure projects at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW).

Funding of nearly C$4m ($2.9m) will be used to rehabilitate the pavement on Taxiways A, M, AA, BB, and CC.

Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said: “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.

“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.”

The government provides funds from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to ensure safe airport operations.

The latest funding is an addition to C$6.4m ($4.7m) announced last year under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for constructing a light rail transit (LRT) station at the airport.

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It will also be an addition to C$5.6m ($4.1m) from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to support the airport in maintaining continued operations and important air services. 

Ottawa International Airport Authority president and CEO Mark Laroche said: “After being hard-hit by the pandemic, we appreciate the federal government’s support as we work to maintain our infrastructure to ensure the highest level of safety for our passengers and employees.

“This 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.”