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May 14, 2008 | General

With the support of the Federal Government, Edmonton Airports will move forward immediately with plans to reconstruct runway 12/30 at Edmonton City Centre Airport. Anne McLellan, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for Edmonton West, on behalf of Transport Minister David Collenette announced that Edmonton’s general aviation airport has been granted $718,350 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for safety upgrades at Edmonton City Centre Airport.

Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports welcomes the news saying, “this federal funding allows us to proceed immediately by investing in the reconstruction of runway 12/30. This project demonstrates that Edmonton Airports remains committed and focussed on developing Edmonton City Centre Airport into the number one general aviation airport in Canada.”

Runway 12/30 was originally constructed in 1942. The rehabilitation of Runway 12/30 will include upgrading the duct banks underneath the runway, which house the electrical system for the airfield, and will conclude by resurfacing the runway. Runway 16/34, ECCA’s other runway, was reconstructed in 1997 at a cost of just under $700,000.

This project is expected to create 25 jobs and approximately 4 weeks of work.

The approved federal funding illustrates the federal government support of continued infrastructure and safety upgrades at Edmonton City Centre Airport.

80,000 passengers used ECCA in 1998, ranking it as the top General Aviation airport in Canada by passenger numbers. ECCA is home 45 businesses, including public and corporate charters, medical services, cargo operations, military operations, and repair and overhaul companies, and over 600 employees.