Repairs to the Runway at the Hay River Airport Moving Ahead

June 7, 2013
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HAY RIVER (June 7, 2013) – The Government of Northwest Territories has set aside $2.5 million dollars for needed repairs at the Hay River Airport.

The Hay River Airport is one of six hub airports in the Northwest Territories (NWT). It is also an important alternate runway, particularly for the Yellowknife airport. Since 2012, runway conditions at the airport have been viewed by air carriers as no longer viable for their high speed jet traffic, requiring carriers to use other alternates in their flight plans.

MLA for Hay River South Jane Groenewegen welcomed the news. “The Hay River Airport is a vital hub for transportation in the Northwest Territories,” she said. “The decision to move these repairs forward will restore the level of service that the air industry has come to expect.”

Robert Bouchard, MLA for Hay River North, said the improvements will help ensure the Hay River Airport can continue its role as an intermodal hub. “Restoring the runway to an expected level of service is important for all northerners,” he said. “I am pleased the government is taking this important step.”

Minister of Transportation David Ramsay said the repairs will contribute to a strong, sustainable transportation system in the Northwest Territories. “The northern aviation industry is vital to the economic well-being of NWT residents,” he said. “This investment will help support a safe, reliable, and efficient airline industry.”

The required work will be tendered shortly, with needed repairs expected to be undertaken in July and August, depending on the contractor’s schedule. Repairs are expected to be complete this summer. The repairs are not expected to disrupt scheduled air traffic at the Hay River Airport.

For more information:

Earl Blacklock
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Transportation
tel: (867) 873-7712
cel: (867) 445-3494