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Wings and Wheels event cancelled due to construction

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The Campbell River Wings and Wheels event is cancelled because of improvements coming to the airport.

The event was supposed to return this year after not running for two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the city.

They say many improvements to airport lighting, visual aids and taxiways will be made this year.

The construction will make it difficult for the airport to have this space to host the event this year.

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“While the city was looking forward to hosting the first Wings and Wheels event since 2019, needed improvements to airport infrastructure limit our ability to provide on-site parking and other accommodations,” said airport manager Dennis Brodie. “With construction at a peak in July, it is not possible to provide an accessible environment to host this event in 2022.”

Despite the changes, Campbell River mayor Andy Adams says the event will return in the future.

“The city proudly supports the tremendous celebration of community spirit that is the annual Wings and Wheels Event,” said Adams. “Although we cannot facilitate the event in 2022, the community can look forward to its return in 2023, when necessary airport improvements are complete.”

Wings and Wheels has been hosted by Sealand Avian along with the city since 2013.

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The upgrades are being done with $4.5 million in funding from the Infrastructure Renewal program investment.

The city says they partnered with Transport Canada and the Airport Capital Assistance Program, who contribute over 80 per cent of the project costs.

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