The Abbotsford International Airport will receive $438,075 from the B.C. Air Access Program to fund several improvements. (File photo)

The Abbotsford International Airport will receive $438,075 from the B.C. Air Access Program to fund several improvements. (File photo)

Abbotsford International Airport receives $438,075 B.C. Air Access Program grant

Improvements will provide YXX with airside paving and electrical green initiatives

The Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) will receive $438,075 in funding for upgrades thanks to the B.C. Air Access Program.

The grant will provide YXX with airside paving and electrical green initiatives.

“We are grateful to the Province of B.C. for its continued support of our community through this funding,” stated Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford. “For the Abbotsford International Airport, this funding allows our partners to accomplish essential paving and green initiatives they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise, and this is a great example of the kinds of supports we need from our government to help us all move forward again.”

RELATED: Abbotsford Airport had 4th highest traffic in Canada in 2020

The B.C. Air Access Program, now in its seventh year, is a cost-share program that provides funding to assist communities with improvements to their airport infrastructure that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve. This can include funds to support safety improvements, increase economic opportunities and address environmental concerns.

There are a total of 28 grants equalling $9.28 million being divvied up to enhance local airport infrastructure at regional airports across the province.

“This pandemic has caused many challenges for our communities, and funding like this can start the road to economic recovery ,” stated Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “Airside paving and green initiatives at Abbotsford International Airport will not only make travel safer but will help boost trade and bring tourism to the area once it’s safe to do so.”

The full list of this year’s grant recipients can be found here: news.gov.bc.ca/files/BG_RegionalAirports.pdf.

RELATED: Abbotsford Airport hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic

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