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Tofino-Long Beach Airport scores emergency preparedness funding

Provincial government’s Air Access Program dishes out $271,700 to pay for a back-up generator
Long Beach Airport is receiving $271,700 as part of the provincial government’s BC Air Access Program. (Andrew Bailey photo)

A woosh of new funding took flight last week with the Tofino-Long Beach Airport scoring an emergency preparedness boost.

The Tofino Long Beach Airport will receive $271,700 to pay for a back-up generator as part of the provincial government’s BC Air Access Program.

The funding announcement was made on April 2, so no April Fools fears, with the provincial government allocating $11 million for 24 airports.

The BC Air Access Program offers funding to facilities that serve fewer than one million passengers annually and Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne said the West Coast airport’s new generator will boost transportation services and support the Tofino - Ucluelet region’s residents, businesses and visitors.

“The Tofino – Long Beach Airport is an important transportation hub for the West Coast region, serving local residents, visitors and businesses and playing an important role during emergencies,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “This upgrade will increase the airport’s resiliency and reliability, especially during times of adverse weather.”

The BC Air Access Program has invested more than $63 million to support 71 regional airports and air facilities since 2017.

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Andrew Bailey

About the Author: Andrew Bailey

I arrived at the Westerly News as a reporter and photographer in January 2012.
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