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September 5, 2019 | Local, Aerospace

Runway used as Forward Operating Location in Northwest Territories to be modernized, extended

The Canadian government will provide the Government of the Northwest Territories with up to $150 million over five years for the extension and modernization of the Inuvik Airport runway. The project will extend the existing runway by 3,000 feet and modernize its lighting, navigational and military aircraft landing systems, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Department of National Defence.

Owned by the Government of the Northwest Territories, Inuvik’s Mike Zubko Airport hosts civilian aircraft and acts as a Forward Operating Location for the Royal Canadian Air Force, according to the Department of National Defence. As part of its role as a Forward Operating Location, the airport’s 6,000-foot runway is primarily used for CF-18 operations to support Canadian sovereignty in the North and the country’s NORAD obligations.

This project will be funded through the DND’s Capital Assistance Program, which funds shared-use capital projects for DND infrastructure that is shared by the federal government and other levels of government.

This project is in the early planning stages and is expected to be tendered in 2020.