Yvonne Jones, MP for Labrador and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, made an announcement this month on the two projects.
The work includes a parking lot expansion and air terminal building access road realignment and a new parallel taxiway and apron expansion for the airport.
The parking lot expansion and air terminal access road realignment will increase parking capacity, help maintain safety for airport users and improve the overall groundside efficiency. The new parallel taxiway and expanded apron are required to maintain airside safety and improve the runway system efficiency.
These projects will represent an investment of $30.5 million for the Wabush Airport. Two contracts were awarded to Grey Rock Services Inc., a local construction company, to carry out both infrastructure projects.
“I am extremely pleased to announce this funding for the Wabush Airport,” said Jones. “These improvements will facilitate future economic opportunities for the people of western Labrador and surrounding communities. The taxiway and apron expansion will support one of Transport Canada’s top priorities, safety for all Canadians.”
Jones added that the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of local airports to connect rural communities with major centers across the country, providing essential services through safe and efficient airport operations.
The Wabush Airport is owned and operated by Transport Canada. Last year, an additional $11.9 million was invested in the airport for the Runway Rehabilitation Project. The Wabush Airport serves three mining communities: Wabush, Labrador City and Fermont, Quebec with a combined population of about 15,000 people.
Regular flights provide service to a number of other places including Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and Happy Valley-Goose Bay providing scheduled passenger and air charter services, cargo services, mining exploration and medevac services.