THE federal and provincial governments are contributing approximately half of the money needed by Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace for an expansion project.
Both governments announced $4.4 million yesterday toward the projected $16.4 million project cost.
Federal MP for Prince George-Peace River Bob Zimmer and provincial transportation minister Todd Stone made the announcement at the airport.
“Expanding the Northwest Regional Airport will increase the airport’s capacity and efficiency and have a lasting effect on the region’s economic growth and development,” said Zimmer.
Airport manager Carman Hendry said the first phase of the expansion will include making the airport 40 per cent larger to house bag check-in counters, cargo area, offices and other additions.
“We are hoping this phase will be complete in 24 months from today,” said Hendry. “Shovels in the ground before the end of September.”
With the help from the grant, that leaves $7.5 million for the airport to pay. The airport society includes a $7 fee per passenger ticket, brought in late last year, which will go toward the project.
Hendry said the fee will be in place for 10 years.