Altona airport receives lofty funding
Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen was in Altona Nov. 12 to announce nearly $250,000 in federal funding to revitalize the Altona Municipal Airport. LORI PENNER/Red River Valley Echo
Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen was at the Altona Municipal Airport Nov. 12 to announce that the facility would receive about $250,000 in federal funding through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
Under the project, the R.M. of Rhineland and the Town of Altona, with support from the federal government, will revitalize the airport by removing the weed growth, repairing surface cracks, and installing an asphalt overlay on the existing runway, taxiway and apron.
“Improvements to the runway will ensure safe and reliable access while helping boost economic activity,” said Bergen.
The funding will cover half the estimated cost of the project, which the Altona Flying Club hopes will be completed sometime next spring. “The government has supported us several times since the airport was established in 1975,” said club president John Klassen.
“It’s impressive to see the cooperation between the R.M. and the town in the maintenance of the airport, and it’s a real drawing card to the community.”
The airport is a home base for both commercial air services and several private pilots, and is also utilized by several flight training schools.
“We expect this upgrade will extend the life of the asphalt at the airport by many years and that the airport will continue to be an important piece of municipal infrastructure,” said Altona mayor Mel Klassen.
“In addition to supporting our local economy, this project will allow our region to continue to benefit from emergency air ambulance service.”
“It’s very timely, and it’s good news,” said R.M. of Rhineland reeve Don Wiebe.
“It supports much-needed growth in the area. So, let’s take off and soar to new heights!”