The Chetwynd airport will receive $1,301,350 in funding from the B.C. Air Access Program this year for runway resurfacing, as per an announcement made by MLA for Peace River South Mike Bernier, alongside Chetwynd Council at the Municipal Hall.
“Through the B.C. Air Access Program, our government is giving residents in rural areas a greater ability to connect with the rest of B.C.,” Bernier said. “I am pleased to see these improvements in Chetwynd which will help ensure our airport stays vibrant and will serve the people of the area for years to come.”
The Chetwynd Airport was originally constructed in 1979, with additional pavement being completed in 1982. The runway currently suffers from deep cracks and differential settling. These issues pose safety challenges for pilots who use the airport runway. As a result, some pilots have refused to land in Chetwynd in the past.
Subsurface work will be done and the runway paved to increase safety and reliability for emergency aircraft and passenger charter service landing at the airport. The total resurfacing cost is $1,735,144.