The Government of Canada has awarded Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport new funding for critical infrastructure projects.

The airport will receive more than C$1.7m from the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to expand one of its aprons, creating additional space for the movement of larger aircraft. The funding will also be used to improve flight scheduling and connection times between flights for passengers, as well as establishing dedicated corridors to enable physical distancing at the airport.

This funding is in addition to the C$10.9m provided under the programme in August 2021, for the rehabilitation of the primary runway and apron pavement surfaces, the installation of new LED runway edge lights, and the replacement of select storm drains.

The government also provided the airport with C$2.8m from Transport Canada's Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Saskatoon and surrounding communities.

“The Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport is a key transportation hub for much of central and northern Saskatchewan. It connects family and friends, helps travellers discover new destinations, and is a pivotal trade corridor for many Saskatchewan businesses. This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews, and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy,” said Annie Koutrakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport.

Image: Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport