WILLIAMS LAKE– The B.C. Government is investing $486,387 in a significant improvement project at Williams Lake Airport as part of B.C. on the Move, the Province’s new 10-year transportation plan.

The funding, awarded through the new B.C. Air Access Program, will rehabilitate approximately 1,000 feet of the 7,000-foot runway and taxiway.

“We want to give travellers the best welcome and departure possible, and a smooth runway and taxiway contribute to a positive flying experience,” says Coralee Oakes, MLA for Cariboo North. “I look forward to seeing the results of this rehabilitation project once completed.”

“The Williams Lake Airport provides a vital link to our region of the province, helping residents and visitors get to and from our Cariboo communities,” says Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin. “This improvement project will help keep this important facility functioning smoothly and efficiently.”

Through the B.C. Air Access Program, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure cost shares with public airports on projects such as lighting and navigational systems, terminal building expansion or upgrades, and runway improvements.

These types of projects allow airports to improve safety and accommodate larger aircraft and more frequent flights, supporting the continued growth of local and provincial economies. The program also encourages funding partnerships with the federal government, local and regional governments and agencies, and the private sector.

B.C. on the Move is investing $24 million over the next three years for the B.C. Air Access Program. This year’s funding allocation is approximately $6 million.

Links:
• Learn more about the BC Air Access Program here.
• B.C. on the Move is available online at engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/
• Follow the work of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at tranbc.ca.