The runway at Oliver’s airport will soon be getting a little longer.
Oliver council recently granted $80,000 of provincial grant money to be used to add 36 metres to the asphalt runway.
The extension will see the runway grow from 975 metres to 1,011 metres.
The airport’s manager Paul Dumoret said that landing on the existing runway was not necessarily challenging for pilots but the extension will definitely be helpful.
“Every extra foot is helpful and some of it will be able to allow different equipment to access us,” said Dumoret.
“We can’t really extend anywhere to the south and we had this little blip at the north end we could probably utilize and take advantage of the ground that we have.”
The majority of the extension will be funded by a grant through the provincial government’s B.C. Air Access Program.
The Oliver airport is a municipal airport located one block off Main Street in Oliver. The airport doesn’t have scheduled fights but provides access for many charter services, private flights and industrial activities.
Mike Johnson Excavating has been contracted by the Town of Oliver to complete the extension. The work is expected to finished by spring 2021.