Six northern airports will be seeing significant upgrades.

The airports in La Loche, Île-à-la-Crosse, Sandy Bay, Cumberland House, and Pinehouse Lake are getting combined federal and provincial funding to install All Weather Observation Systems. These observation systems provide accurate, uninterrupted, real-time information and reports on airport weather conditions.

“People across northern Saskatchewan rely on community airports to connect them to friends, family, and medical services. These improvements will help to keep those connections strong,” Pinehouse Mayor Mike Natomagan said.

In addition, the airports in La Loche, Île-à-la-Crosse, and Pinehouse Lake and Patuanak will see upgrades to airfield lighting that will improve safety and reliability.

“These investments will ensure northern airports can provide safe, timely and reliable service,” Jim Lemaigre, Saskatchewan MLA for Athabasca said.

The joint federal-provincial investment totals approximately $3 million.