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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2013 Was A Good Year For The Airport

Saint John Airport had a 9 per cent increase in passenger traffic last year with more than 235 thousand, the highest number since 2008. 

Airport President and C-E-O David Allen tells CHSJ News the decision by Air Canada to harmonise pricing has levelled the playing field between the airports in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton. 

Sunwing added a third destination and its passenger numbers increased by 59 per cent.

The airport also reports a 5 per cent increase in revenue and a surplus for 2013 of just more than 387 thousand dollars. 

Passenger traffic for the the first quarter of this year, despite the bad weather we had, was up by five per cent. 

Allen adds the airport is looking at staging an air show in 2015 or 2016. He says it takes a year of planning to bring it about.

The airport also estimates it will cost 50 million dollars over the next twenty years to maintain its aging infrastructure and do upgrades.