Statement from Minister of Highways and Public Works on major infrastructure upgrades at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport

Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke has issued the following statement:

“Today, our government, alongside the Government of Canada, announced funding towards reconstructing the main runway and other critical improvements at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

“Our government is proud to invest $62 million towards these projects. We are grateful for the Government of Canada’s contribution of more than $186 million to further strengthen this important work.

“From the total funding, $160.6 million has been designated for the main runway replacement contract, secured by Flatiron Construction Company. The remaining funds will be assigned to various airport projects that are currently in the planning phases.

“The Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is vital to our territory. It keeps us connected, allows for critical medical services, supports our tourism and resource sectors and contributes to Arctic security efforts. By replacing the main runway, we will continue to ensure the airport meets the needs of the territory.

“This funding will also go towards making improvements to increase reliability and safety including additional lighting on the runway and other vital upgrades.

“While the main runway is a large project, we expect minimal disruptions for the public. We are committed to ensuring a seamless travelling experience for Yukoners and visitors to our territory during the construction of these projects.

“I am very much looking forward to sharing the progress of this project and showing Yukoners that we are making significant investments in the Yukon’s aviation infrastructure.”

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur 
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
[email protected]

News release #: 
24-015