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New fuel truck on the way for YXS

Over 600-thousand dollars in provincial funding will go towards the purchase of a new fuel truck at the Prince George Airport.

It’s part of an 11-million-dollar investment from the provincial government through the BC Air Access program to support upgrades at over two dozen airports.

“Airports play a key role in bringing together communities and people, and provide the vital links that keep goods moving and our economy strong,” said Dan Coulter, Minister of State for Infrastructure and Transit.

“This provincial support will help our regional airports with a wide range of upgrades that will increase safety, reliability and capacity for the services that British Columbians rely on, including access to health care and support for firefighting.”

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According to the province, new support for regional airports will enhance front-line services, such as firefighting and health care, while fostering economic growth.

Since 2017, BC Air Access Program has committed more than $63 million in grants to infrastructure projects at 71 air facilities.

Other communities in the north to receive funding for upgrades include:

* Fraser Lake – $29,012 to rebuild the runway’s north side

* 100 Mile House – $35,000 to develop an airport master plan

* McBride – $495,000 to upgrade fuel system for medevac, wildfire and other emergency services

* Quesnel – $272,000 to upgrade the terminal building

* Valemount – $132,297 to replace a fuel tank to provide a larger storage capacity for wildfire suppression

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* Dawson Creek – $403,750 to upgrade a fuelling terminal and replace fuel pumps

* Terrace – $2 million for runway rehabilitation and new lights and signage

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