Over the past couple of years, the Vanderhoof Airport has seen the number of plane it houses increase dramatically, going from around a dozen to over 50. (File photo)

Vanderhoof airport receives funding for apron expansion

The increase in apron size will benefit the 2020 International Airshow as well, VADS say

Vanderhoof airport has received $80,000 for their apron expansion project from B.C. Air Access Program (BCAAP).

Paul Collard, president of the Vanderhoof Airport Development Society (VADS) said that stakeholders and residents will be delighted to see the airport expansion completed this year.

“The BCAAP grant monies of $80,000 were awarded a year ago and finally the rest of the required funds have been allocated. Work is expected to start in the middle of June. All regular activity and business will be able to continue during the completing of the contract,” Collard said.

The apron is being expanded by 50 ft to accomodate the increased traffic and aircraft parking requirement that have resulted from the surge of users of the facility, he said, adding that the International Airshow next year will have a bigger space to accomodate performing aircrafts.

“This was particularly acute last year with the Snowbirds taking half the ramp space. Incidentally they will be here for the next airshow in 2020! The ramp was also not wide enough for MEDEVAC and Search and Rescue aircraft to safely pass parked planed or a taxing aircraft,” Collard said.

“It is hoped that the program (BCAAP) will continue and be accessed by the DOV, as the taxiways will be in need of resurfacing and widening in the near future. It’s nice to see Vanderhoof retrieving some of our taxes from the province for infrastructure improvement for the region.”

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The Vanderhoof Airport has received approval for expanding the apron by 50 feet. Shown is the apron of the airport. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

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