The Lloydminster Municipal Airport could land a fully funded Transport Canada grant to repave the runway by 2018.
Integrated Airport Systems Ltd. of St. Paul Alta. will act as an engineering consultant for the repaving and submit an Airport Capital Assistant Program grant application on behalf of the city.
Runway tests by IASL estimate the surface will be worn past a safe surface friction index for airplane braking by mid 2018.
Councillor Chris McQuid said the ACAP funding will take about a year after IASL submits an application for the city.
“It would be 100 per cent funded by the government if it’s approved,” said McQuid, who named IASL as the go-to consultant at council last Monday.
IASL is offering to provide design detail, tendering assistance, contract administration and construction services for the runway improvement project.
McQuid noted IASL is a company that has done this type of work before for a number of municipalities.
Their consulting fee will be built in to the total ACAP amount with no cost to the city.
The Lloydminster airport qualifies for full ACAP funding with its year round scheduled flight service and less than 50,000 passengers a year.
McQuid said given that time frame, the runway will be rehabilitated before 2018 when the useful life is up so there will be no effect to aircraft movement within Lloydminster.
“Putting a surface on top of the old one extends it more than the original,” he said.
He added the project is “great” for the city and the airport as the city grows.
“We want to be a regional hub and we want our airport to be part of that, so we want to make sure our facilities are able to meet aircraft movement and hopefully have more aircraft movement in and out of the city,” he said.
“If it’s 100 per cent funded that’s a great benefit to the city and the taxpayers for sure.”