‘A mile of runway gets you the world’: Sask. municipal airports receiving grants

Community Airport Partnership grants announced May 10, 2019, for improvements and upgrades to nine municipal airports across Saskatchewan. File / Global News

Nine municipal airports across Saskatchewan are getting a boost in 2019 from a grant program.

The Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program is designed to help offset the capital costs of upgrades and transportation infrastructure improvements.

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This year’s recipients will benefit from $766,000 provided by the provincial government, coupled with 50-50 matching community contributions.

“By partnering with municipalities, we’re ensuring a network of airports is in place to enhance economic development in sectors like tourism, oil and gas, agriculture and mining,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said Friday in a press release.

“Our communities and regionally-owned airports provide important transportation infrastructure that support critical services like air ambulance, law enforcement and firefighting.”

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Communities receiving CAP grants include Birch Hills, Estevan, Humboldt, Kindersley, Kipling, Maple Creek, Moosomin, Swift Current, and Yorkton.

“As we like to say – a mile of highway gets you a mile down the road; a mile of runway gets you the world,” Saskatchewan Aviation Council president Janet Keim said in a statement.

“Our communities realize the tremendous value of their airports in both social and economic growth benefits and this program assists in important capital reinvestment opportunities.”

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The maximum provincial contribution under CAP is $275,000 per year, according to officials.

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