The Government of Canada has announced nearly $12.6m (C$16m) in funding for Regina International Airport (YQR) to help it rebound from the pandemic shock.

Funds will support continued air services and key transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

As part of this initiative, the airport will receive $10.4m (C$13.2m) from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to support the rehabilitation of runway 13-31.

These include the construction of runway end safety areas (RESA) and the replacement of lighting systems, sub-drainage and runway pavement.

Upon completion, the runway rehabilitation works would further enhance the safety of aircraft, passengers and crews at the airport.

The Canadian Government will also offer $2.04m (C$2.6m) from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund in order to help the airport continue its operations and provide services for residents and employees in Regina and people living nearby.

Canada Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said: “As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support the health, safety and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector.

“These critical investments will allow the Regina International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

Last month, Canada announced funding of more than $14.1m (C$18m) to enable key infrastructure works at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).