Now with millions of dollars in investment, redevelopment work can now go ahead at the Thompson Regional Airport. A $52-million loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announced Tuesday, will spark a process of redevelopment aimed at ensuring its safety and ability to support people’s access to airfare.
The airport, just northwest of the city, serves 37 northern communities — many of which are First Nations that are accessible only by air and ice road.
“Thompson is the hub of the north, serving a region of 65,000 people. Northern Manitobans rely on the Thompson Regional Airport to travel to and from the city of Thompson for work, education, shopping, tourism and health care,” Thompson Mayor Colleen Smook said. “This historic investment in important northern infrastructure is great news for the airport, for Thompson and for the north.”
According to a press release on Tuesday, funding will go toward the following:
- The replacement of the terminal building, which is sinking into discontinuous permafrost.
- The extension of sewer lines from the new terminal to an expanded lagoon, parking lots and service roads.
- The building of new apron and taxiways along with an expansion of existing infrastructure.
Ehren Cory, CEO of the CIB, said the airport serves as a lifeline to communities in northern Manitoba and western Nunavut. He added in the release that the loan would ensure the needs of communities are being met.
“Representing the CIB’s first investment in redeveloping an airport, this partnership provides a safe and climate resilient solution benefitting the region for decades to come,” Cory said.
The funding is made possible by the CIB’s Indigenous Community Infrastructure Initiative.
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