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Aesthetic, operational improvements coming to Dryden airport

Facility received more than $100,000 in provincial funds
The Dryden Regional Airport opened in 1969 and is operated by the City of Dryden.

The Dryden Regional Airport is getting new operational and aesthetic upgrades, thanks to provincial funding.

Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford announced $163,376 for the city-owned facility to resurface the terminal floor, increase washroom accessibility, upgrade the plumbing system, and install a new maintenance door.

"Today’s investment affirms our government’s commitment to supporting northern communities, boosting regional economic development, and improving quality of life in the North," Rickford said in an Aug. 16 news release.

"By working with our municipal partners, we are making drastic improvements to the Dryden Regional Airport that will benefit Northerners across the region."

Built in 1969, the airport sits on 238 acres about a 10-minute drive north of the City of Dryden. It boasts a 6,000-foot primary runway and an 1,100-square-metre terminal building, providing air passenger and charter flights through the region.

It’s additionally home to Northern Youth Programs, Mag Aerospace, Northern Youth Programs and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Fire Management Centre. 

The facility has been owned and operated by the city since 1996.

Dryden Mayor Jack Harrison expressed gratitude to the province for its assistance.

“This funding will allow us to not only improve the airport's mechanical systems but also enhance the overall experience for travellers and tenants with the refinishing of the flooring and the renovation of the public washrooms in the terminal,” Harrison said in the release.

This marks the second funding allocation for the facility in a little more than a year.

Last April, the province announced $361,875 for the city to improve its airport facilities and renovate the terminal building to accommodate additional businesses and increase revenue.