Porter Airlines has secured an approval to invest in a new maintenance facility to be situated at the Greater Sudbury Airport in Canada.
The investment is set to enable the airline to service its three new aircraft as well as upgrade software and other information and communications technology.
Porter Airlines will receive C$50,359 ($39,331.2) from the Canadian province Ontario’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) to help establish the facility.
Porter Airlines senior vice-president and chief operating officer Paul Moreira said: “NOHFC’s support of Porter’s investment in a Sudbury aircraft maintenance base shows how the private sector can work with government to benefit local economies.
“Our eight maintenance team members have an excellent, new hangar facility at Sudbury Airport for doing daily service on our fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft.”
In addition, NOHFC will provide funding to Greater Sudbury Airport to upgrade its water system.
The upgrade is expected to ensure adequate supplies of water to meet fire suppression standards, in addition to clean and safe drinking water at all existing and future airport facilities.
It will also enable the airport to expand and grow its existing and prospective airport clients and services.
Sudbury Member of Provincial Parliament Glenn Thibeault said: “By supporting the expansion of the Porter Airlines facilities, we are immediately helping to create good jobs in our community while ensuring better service for passengers.
“Upgrades to the Greater Sudbury Airport will mean more dependable utilities for passengers and staff. As well, when future expansion is needed, investors will see that Sudbury is ready to grow.”