London International Airport in Canada has secured C$3.3m ($2.53) capital assistance from the federal government to upgrade its main taxiway.
The Greater London International Airport Authority will also provide the same amount to support the project.
The investment forms part of the National Trade Corridor’s Fund. During the construction phase, the project is expected to create approximately 65 jobs.
London International Airport CEO and president Mike Seabrook said: “Taxiway Golf is our main taxiway at London [International Airport].
“And from commercial passenger aircraft, to our freight operations, through to our business and aviation programmes with both Western University and Fanshawe College, this taxiway will be used extensively in the coming years; it will allow us to meet the aviation demands in our market.”
The project will consist of resurfacing the entire length of the asphalt taxiway, ensuring it can withstand the current and projected increase in passenger traffic.
The scope of the project includes removing and rebuilding London International Airport’s Taxiway Golf, which is aimed at ensuring consistency in the services provided by the airport.
Additionally, rebuilding the taxiway will cut potential runway hazards, which will ultimately boost safety for passengers, airlines and airport staff.
London West Member of Parliament Kate Young said: “I am very pleased that this important project is going ahead. The London International Airport is a strategic economic gateway and ensuring that we address transportation bottlenecks and develop strategies to minimise congestion is vital to fostering long-term prosperity in our community.
“This investment underscores the importance of our airport to the continuing prosperity of our region and country.”