LANGLEY – Local MLAs Mary Polak and Rich Coleman announced the B.C. Government is investing $287,025 in the Langley Regional Airport as part of B.C. on the Move, the Province’s new 10-year transportation plan.

Awarded through the new B.C. Air Access Program, this funding will contribute to the total cost of $382,700 to rehabilitate the airport’s taxiways and aprons.

“Funding for asphalt rehabilitation of the main airport ramps and general aviation taxiways at the Langley Regional Airport offers the much needed financial assistance at a critical phase in the airport’s development plan,” said airport manager Guy Miller. “The local community expects the airport to be purposefully progressive in keeping up with its emphasis on a modern, well maintained, safe and effective operation. Completion of this project will significantly enhance the airport’s impression to the wonderful community that surrounds it.”

“Langley Regional Airport is a world-class centre for aviation and the aerospace industry in our province, and a facility the Township of Langley is exceptionally proud of,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “This investment will provide upgrades that will ensure the Airport continues to thrive as a valuable transportation hub, education centre, and economic driver in our community.”

“As Transportation Minister in 2012, I launched BC’s Aviation Strategy right here at Langley Regional Airport. So it is rather fitting to focus on all the benefits that we gain from making investments in this facility,” said Langley MLA Mary Polak. “Major employers like Vector Aerospace and Heli-Welders Canada are important to our community and they need our support.”

“Known as a center for excellence, this investment will increase local opportunity while supporting our growing aviation and aerospace industries at Langley Regional Airport,” said Fort-Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman. “As part of B.C. on the Move, a 10-year transportation plan that outlines critical improvements throughout the province, this rehabilitation funding will stimulate local job growth, attract investment and support the increased number of recreational aviators right here at Langley’s community airport.”

Completion of this rehabilitation project will help achieve the objective of maintaining a safe aircraft user ground environment to help meet an ongoing goal of a zero operational accident/incident rate at Langley Regional Airport.

The effectiveness of marketing efforts of Langley Regional Airport to potential aviation and aerospace business will be markedly enhanced with the facility’s ‘open for business’ appearance, including asphalt maneuvring areas such as aprons and taxiways. Commitment to investment of this kind to the airport provides significant direct and indirect benefits to the airport and community at large

The increasing industrial and recreational user growth of the airport has resulted in significant pressure on earmarking operations and maintenance funds while yet meeting the need for capital funding to expand services to accommodate new tenants and attract new aviation and aerospace business.

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.