$52M Loan For Thompson Airport Project


A $52-million loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will push the redevelopment of the Thompson Regional Airport forward. The $135-million project will include a new airport terminal building, a new water treatment facility and upgraded transportation and water infrastructure.

The airport is a hub providing essential passenger and cargo services to communities in northern Manitoba and western Nunavut. The airport serves as a regional catchment area for 37 northern communities which includes many First Nations – 15 of which are accessible only by air and the ice road – serving a market area population of approximately 65,000 people.

Located six kilometres northwest of the City of Thompson, the redevelopment of the Thompson Regional Airport includes:

• the replacement of the air terminal building, which is sinking into the discontinuous permafrost;
• non-airside-related infrastructure, including extension of sewer lines from new terminal to expanded lagoon, parking lots and service roads; and
• airside-related infrastructure, including new apron and taxiways, and expansion of existing apron and related infrastructure.

Following project completion, the airport will continue supporting long-term access to critical goods and services, including retail trade, medical, social, educational and fire suppression. The project also ensures the airport’s operational safety as well as supporting the region’s critical mineral mining opportunities, growing cargo and passenger travel needs.

“Thompson is the Hub of the North, serving a region of 65,000 people. Northern Manitobans rely on the Thompson Regional Airport to travel to and from the City of Thompson for work, education, shopping, tourism and health care. This historic investment in important northern infrastructure is great news for the airport, for Thompson and for the north,” said Colleen Smook, mayor, City of Thompson.


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