An exciting new project is underway at the Regina Airport.

The Regina Airport Authority announced Monday that it has started a major airfield revitalization project worth $26 million. Construction has started and will continue until September.

The airport said the main runway will be closed as it's worked on, while the secondary runway will remain operational.

"This is an important capital project for YQR and we’re happy to have it underway after pandemic-related delays. This type of work happens every 10 to 15 years and will ensure both the ongoing safety of our main runway as well as a smoother experience for pilots and travellers," said Justin Reves, Director, Revenue Development, Public Relations, and Customer Experience with the Regina Airport Authority in a release.

The release also noted that "Airline partners have been involved in the planning of this project for over 18 months and have adjusted their schedules in preparation to ensure uninterrupted service this summer."

The airport also said Regina residents might notice heavier aircraft traffic in some areas of the city while noticing less in others due to all takeoffs and landings being limited to a single runway.

The project will also feature:

  • Pavement rehabilitation on Runway 13-31 and Taxiway Kilo 
  • Drainage improvements 
  • Replacement of runway edge lighting and associated electrical infrastructure 
  • Installation of a SALSAR approach lighting system for runway 31 
  • Installation of Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) on Runway 13 - 31 and Runway 08 - 26 

The project is being funded by both the Government of Canada's Airport Critical Infrastructure Program and the Regina Airport Authority.