Yorkton airport will be among several local airports across Saskatchewan to receive funding from the provincial government this year. It’s all part of the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program, through which community and regionally-owned airports can be improved on a 50 per cent cost-shared basis.
Last year, Esterhazy airport received $37,470 through the program, allowing improvements to runway lighting, crack sealing and a cement beacon pole.
Yorkton airport will receive $41,140 this year, with funding earmarked for runway and taxiway improvements.
Below, you can watch a video of Yorkton airport taken by EsterhazyOnline in 2013 from the bomb-aimers seat in a legendary WW2 B-17 bomber. The video shows the runway during take-off, and also includes an overview of the airport during the subsequent fly-over.
Further down on this page you can also read the press release from the government. It lists all the airports to receive funding this year.
The Government of Saskatchewan will provide $700,000 in funding to 15 airports across the province through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP).
Funds for the 50 per cent cost-shared program will be used to enhance infrastructure so that community and regionally-owned airports can continue to serve the growing province.
“We are pleased to make another substantial financial commitment to the Community Airport Partnership Program,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “Local airports are critical to Saskatchewan’s economic development, accessibility and safety.”
Airports receiving funding through the CAP program this year are:
- Carlyle, $18,250 for redesign of the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), crack sealing and line painting;
- Gravelbourg, $156,500 to repave the middle 50 feet of the airstrip;
- Kindersley, $7,121 for asphalt preservation and to repaint the runway marks;
- Kipling, $4,000 for line painting;
- Luseland, $4,000 to paint the lines and markings on the runway, taxiway and aprons;
- Maple Creek, $71,300 to sealcoat the runway and taxiway and for line painting;
- Moose Jaw, $15,000 to replace the underground electrical cables and airfield lighting system;
- North Battleford, $200,000 for pavement overlay of the taxiways and apron;
- R.M of Eldon #471 (Maidstone), $8,136 for fencing;
- Shellbrook, $45,000 to complete a three year project including: crushed rock, levelling, packing and sealing; moving lights;
- Swift Current, $48,000 for overlays and slurry seal, crack sealing and a beacon;
- Tisdale, $18,928 to repair the runway lighting system, a beacon and crack sealing the runway, taxiway and apron;
- Unity, $49,500 for apron resurfacing;
- Wynyard, $13,125 for lighting replacement;
- Yorkton, $41,140 for runway and taxiway improvements.
“There are endless opportunities for Saskatchewan aviation transportation to contribute to our economic growth and safety,” Saskatchewan Aviation Council President Janet Keim said. “We are very pleased that the government has again made an excellent contribution in support of our local airports.”
To qualify for funding, airports must support economic development, accessibility, or safety initiatives like air ambulance or medivac services.
The government has invested more than $5 million in 33 locally-owned airports through the CAP program since 2007.