Airport Waiting for Funding News from Feds
Prince George, B.C.- There may be some good news arriving for the Prince George Airport in the weeks ahead.The airport is one of 6 National Airport Systems in the country which don’t qualify for federal dollars because of the current funding model which allows only those airports with more than 500 thousand passengers per year to access infrastructure funding.
The issue of access to federal dollars is critical to the Prince George Airport which continues to push the Federal Government for infrastructure funding . The YXS ten year capital plan calls for $50 to $60 million dollars in rehabilitation projects. This year alone, the Airport will be spending $6.5 million.
It is an issue Mayor Lyn Hall pressed during a visit to Ottawa, meeting with Transportation Ministry staff to talk about the matter “We’ve been battling this for a long time.” It is also an issue the Chamber of Commerce has pressed, passing a resolution calling for infrastructure funding for small airports.
Airport President and CEO John Gibson doesn’t want to jinx it, but in a presentation to Mayor and Council he expressed optimism the funding model will be changing “We are hopeful the work we have done with the Federal Government will turn that one around.” Gibson says a change is “Very, very close, and we should see what the (funding) program looks like by the end of June.