Work to improve the Chisasibi airstrip is now officially under way.

The $1.8-million facelift will give the airstrip a new gravel runway, a taxiway and tarmac, a runway lighting system and a building to house the electrical system.

The community has complained about the poor airport facilities since it moved from Fort George Island 17 years ago.

But even with the improvements, the airstrip will still not have a building for airport staff and travellers to wait in.

The airstrip also won’t be extended so it can accommodate air ambulance planes needed by the Chisasibi Hospital.

Meanwhile, the airport at LG-2 got $2.9-million from Transport Canada for improvements to the visual aid system and repaving of the runway and taxiway.