The provincial government is kicking in about $500,000 toward upgrades for private aerospace companies at the Abbotsford International Airport, the transportation minister announced Thursday.
The half-million-dollar funding is aimed at expanding taxiway and apron space for new hangars being built for private aerospace companies like Chinook Helicopters.
The funds are coming through the government’s B.C. Air Access program, which B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena said is focusing on small communities this year.
In Abbotsford, the funds make up half the cost in the new apron and taxiway space, largely connected to the expansion of the Chinook Helicopters school for piloting helicopters.
“This investment in infrastructure will allow Chinook Helicopters to almost double their output here,” Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said.
“It’s always nice when B.C. Aviation Council and the province come alongside and help, because we can’t do everything out of tax dollars or out of the airport cash flow, either.”
Abbotsford is one of 23 communities whose airports are receiving a total of $5.3 million in grants through the program.