FEBRUARY 20, 2009
The Prince George Airport Authority, along with the Provincial and Federal governments, Northern Development Initiative Trust, City of Prince George, and the Lheidli T'enneh, officially opened the doors to the Airport’s runway extension on Friday, February 20, 2009.
At 11,450 feet long and 150 feet wide, the Prince George Airport runway is now currently the third longest commercial runway in Canada after Calgary and Vancouver.
"It would have been impossible for an airport of our size to undertake such a major project without the generous assistance of the Federal and Provincial governments, and the Northern Development Initiative Trust," said Jim Blake, Chair of the Prince George Airport Authority. "While we face economic uncertainty in the short term, the development of the Northern Gateway will provide many of our trading partners with reduced costs in getting their products to market."
The 4,000-foot, $36 million runway expansion is aimed at enticing air cargo carriers to refuel aircraft travelling between Asia and North America. Currently Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska are the primary northern refueling points on the "Great Circle Routes".
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2007
Construction has begun on the $36 million dollar runway extension project at the Prince George Airport. The first phase broke ground this morning and will focus on the south end of runway 15/33 working northwards and is expected to run into early spring.
IDL/Sharp Joint Venture have been awarded the $7 million dollar 1st phase of the runway project which entails drainage and site preparation for the next phase of the 2 year project.
The Prince George Airport Authority's runway project will see the main runway extend to 11,400 feet complete with center line lighting, dual ILS navigational systems and a dedicated deicing refueling pad for wide body aircraft and will allow the PGAA to market the airport as a transpacific techstop alternative to International air carriers. This will also enable carriers to consider Prince George for international passenger services. The runway will be open in fall of 2008.
Partnership funding from the Province of British Columbia, Government of Canada and Northern Development Initiative Trust have made this project a reality.
During this project the Prince George Airport will remain open and fully functional, the PGAA and our contractors have taken every measure to ensure any inconvenience to our customers has been mitigated.
The Prince George Airport Authority announced today that a $3.1 million contract has been awarded to Western Industrial Contractors (WIC) Ltd of Prince George, BC for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Prince George Airport's main parking lot and realignment of the airport roadway system.
Jim Blake, Chair of the Prince George Airport Authority said today, "This represents another step towards our goal in building an airport that truly serves the needs of our region. We have expanded our terminal areas to accommodate increased passenger levels, this as we see it is a natural progression to better serve our customers."
This will be a two phase project with the bulk of the work being completed this summer and the remainder being completed in spring of 2007. Work on this project will begin immediately and is expected to take 4 months.
The Prince George Airport Authority is currently in their third year of operations of the Airport. The PGAA is committed to building an airport that represents the needs of our region's residents and facilitating growth in tourism and industry. In doing so building an airport that we can all be truly proud of.