Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett was in Williams Lake Thursday to announce $150,000 in funding to enhance fuel storage at the airport.
“It will certainly be a benefit to the airport, to those landing here, to our fire suppression and will help the economics of the airport,” Barnett said, noting the funding is coming from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure through the BC Air Access Safety Program.
With the funding the airport will complete a $200,000 project, said airport manager Shea de la Mare.
“The money will be used to upgrade our Avgas fuel system, which is used by general aviation and smaller helicopters,” de la Mare said. “The airport identified several years ago our system was outdated and needed to be replaced and upgraded to new standards.”
Completion of the project will ensure, 24-hour fuel availability to all local and transient aircraft.
“The Williams Lake Airport is very pleased to receive the funding,” de la Mare added.