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New control tower for airport

Oshawa Municipal Airport

NAV CANADA says it will construct a new $9-million air traffic tower to replace the one currently at the Oshawa Airport.

The air traffic control tower that has been at the Oshawa airport for nearly five decades will soon be replaced.

NAV CANADA, the country’s private sector civil air navigation service provider, has announced that it will construct a new $9-million tower at the airport to replace the current tower.

“The Oshawa Executive Airport is a key transportation asset and offers significant overall economic impact for the City and Durham Region,” states Councillor John Aker, chair of the development services committee, in a news release.

“The new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower is a welcome addition to our executive airport and will support Oshawa and Durham Region’s economic development future needs at the airport.”

“The existing control tower is nearly 50 years old,” states Charles Lapointe, NAV CANADA’s vice-president of technical operations, in the same news release.

“While a number of upgrades have been done over the past few years, the facility is nearing the end of its lifecycle. Building a new Tower is the most cost-effective method of providing the Airport with the air traffic control services that will meet its current and future needs.”

The new tower, which will stand at four storeys tall and located southwest of the current tower, is set to be completed by 2018.