Government of Canada invests in Infrastructure at Wabush Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador

News Release

August 18, 2016 – Labrador City, Newfoundland & Labrador – Transport Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of local airports to connect rural communities with major centres across the country, providing essential services through safe and efficient airport operations. Through its Atlantic Growth Strategy, the federal government is working together with the four Atlantic Provinces to build a vibrant and stable economic future for the region that supports the middle class and addresses current and emerging regional challenges. Infrastructure investments, such as the projects underway at Wabush Airport, help to realize that vision for Atlantic Canada’s future.

Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament (Labrador) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing in two major infrastructure projects at Wabush Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador: a Parking Lot Expansion and Air Terminal Building Access Road Realignment, and a New Parallel Taxiway and Apron Expansion.

The parking lot expansion and Air Terminal Building access road realignment will increase parking capacity, help maintain safety for airport users and improve overall groundside efficiency.

The new parallel taxiway and expanded apron are required to help maintain airside safety and improve the runway system efficiency.

The projects will represent an investment of $30.5 million for the Wabush Airport. Two contracts were awarded to a local construction company, Grey Rock Services Inc., to carry out both infrastructure projects.

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“I am extremely pleased to announce this funding for the Wabush Airport. These improvements will facilitate future economic opportunities for the people of Western Labrador and surrounding communities in addition to increasing the reliability of the airport. The taxiway and apron expansion will support one of Transport Canada’s top priorities: safety for all Canadians”.
MP Yvonne Jones
Member of Parliament (Labrador) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Quick Facts

  • The Wabush Airport is owned and operated by Transport Canada.
  • In 2015, an additional $11.9 million was invested in the Wabush Airport for the Runway Rehabilitation Project. The Wabush Airport serves three mining communities, Wabush, NL, Labrador City, NL and Fermont, QC, with a combined population of approximately 15,000 people.
  • Regular flights provide service to a number of other communities including Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and Goose Bay, providing scheduled passenger and air charter services, cargo services, mining exploration and medevac services.

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Contacts

Mélany Gauvin
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca

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