Trail Mayor Mike Martin greeted Transport Minister Todd Stone with a handshake on Tuesday. The minister was in town to make a big announcement - Trail was granted $1.18 million from the BC Air Access program for improvements at the city-owned airport.

City of Trail lands $1.18 million from province

Trail receives $1.18 million from the BC Air Access program for a new terminal at the city-owned airport.

Plans for a new terminal building at Trail Regional Airport will roll out sooner than expected after the city was granted $1.18 million from the province this week.

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, made the million-dollar announcement at the Trail airport on Tuesday, noting the BC Air Access funding is the single largest investment from the program to date.

Besides providing passenger and cargo air service, the city’s airstrip is a primary access point for vital services such as BC Air Ambulance and the Ministry of Forests, began Stone.

“This is an important airport for the community and the entire region,” he said. “When we look at the existing facility, I walked in with Mike (Trail Mayor Mike Martin) and said I would need to tour the facility,” Stone explained to a chuckling audience.

“And I said to Mike, ‘I cant’ understand why you would want to replace it, it seems like a tremendous amount of history, if only those walls could talk, right?”

The current terminal is 70-plus years old, so an upgrade and expansion is long overdue, Stone added.

“This new terminal is going to provide passengers with modern and efficient terminal facilities,” he said. “And create a much safer interaction with Highway 22A by truly separating passenger related traffic from other airport uses, and additional parking that will be created, will improve access for the terminal passengers.”

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