Hamilton airport gets federal funding to build road, expand operations

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is getting $23.5 million from the federal government to build a new road and expand operations.

The project, which has a total cost of about $47 million, will create about 460 construction jobs and allow the Hamilton International Airport to:

  • handle increased cargo operations by improving and expanding airfield capacity
  • increase de-icing capacity
  • build a new independent road to reduce congestion

“The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is an important trade hub for key economic sectors such as transportation, warehousing, agriculture, automotive, manufacturing and more,” said Omar Alghabra, minister of transport.

“This significant funding will help the airport manage the growth of cargo operations in this strategic trade corridor, while providing opportunities for access to global markets and creating new permanent jobs,”

Work will also expand gate capacity by 125 per cent and de-icing capacity by 250 per cent and stormwater management upgrades will include the ability to treat de-icing glycol residual on site.

“We also are responsible for generating $1.5 billion in economic activity, of which $1 billion is directly related to cargo activity, ” said Cathie Puckering, vice president and head of the Vantage Airport Group Canada.

Hamilton’s airport is Canada’s third largest cargo airport by payload, serves as a global gateway in a strategic transportation and trade corridor, and is an economic engine generating significant jobs, industry activity, and GDP.

“This support from the National Trade Corridors Fund will enable Hamilton International Airport to advance investment to expand and strengthen its airfield and critical assets, create new full-time jobs, generate additional economic activity, and ensure that existing infrastructure under pressure today will be ready to support current and emerging growth well into the future,” said Cole Horncastle, executive managing director, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

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