Victoria International Airport in British Columbia, Canada, is set to receive funding from the Canadian Government to aid recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The financing of more than $3.1m (C$4m) will help the airport ensure continued operations and important air services.

This infusion was provided by Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund.

Additionally, Victoria International Airport will receive funding of more than $1.01m (C$1.3m) from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to make lighting improvements for the approach to Runway 09.

As part of this overhaul, new land-based and water-based lighting systems will be deployed.

The funding will also be used to structurally strengthen water-based fixtures in an effort to resist impacts from barges in the area.

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In order to accommodate the upgraded lighting system, the existing floatplane dock will be reconfigured and extended.

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 Victoria 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.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport Annie Koutrakis said: “This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, aircrews and airport workers while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”