Rankin Inlet Airport receives $27M investment for upgrades
By Alyssa Dalton
December 23, 2011 – The Nunavut government has announced $27 million in funding to go toward improvements and upgrades, including installation of electrical systems, at Rankin Inlet Airport.
The initiatives also include upgrades to the airport runway and installation of a new taxiway, as well as expanded restrooms and a new public waiting room. These improvements will not only enhance safety at the airport but also increase its capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand of the mining industry in Rankin Inlet and the surrounding area, said the territorial government.
“These significant airport investments will improve safety and convenience for air travelers in the region, and also have the added benefit of creating jobs and stimulating the economy,” said Leona Aglukkaq, minister of health and minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Rankin Inlet Airport serves about 55,000 passengers annually.