Media Release
For Immediate Release: Wednesday April 27, 2016 

Saint John Airport Marks Another All-Time
Passenger Record

Airport looks ahead to major infrastructure updates to maintain growth

Saint John, N.B.: Today at its Annual General Meeting, the Saint John Airport reported an all-time passenger record of 252,002 for 2015.
 

This is the fifth consecutive year the airport has reported passenger growth.

A review of the Airport’s financial results revealed an operating surplus for the year of just over $1 million and a capital spend of $1.3 million. Overall, the airport contributes $66 million per year to the local economy and generates 570 direct and indirect local jobs.

“The continued growth of our airport can be attributed to a number of factors”, says Angela McLean, Interim President and CEO. “We had a terrific season with Sunwing Vacations, offering direct flights from Saint John to the Caribbean.“
 
“We also know that business travel continues to be strong, as local construction projects are considered and new emerging export markets are explored”, she added.
 
Also contributing to the increased passenger traffic was a fourth summer flight to Toronto by Air Canada. Airport officials will continue to consult with airlines to enhance and expand service for the Saint John market. The airport is also exploring new destination opportunities.
 
The airport’s facilities saw many updates throughout the year, including roof repairs at the terminal building, rock removal and security fencing on the airfield, the addition of a 5th parking slot for aircraft, and replacement of some heavy equipment.
 
“Our facilities were built in 1952, and while they have served us well over the years, there is a significant need to invest in some of the basic infrastructure, such as runways and taxiways.”
 
Based on studies commissioned last year, it is estimated that approximately $36 million will need to be invested within the next few years in order to maintain and improve the airfield for the long term. Additional capital expenditures will also be required on the Air Terminal Building and support services.
 
“The Airport is really an economic enabler. Investing now will not only sustain our passenger growth but will also help us attract new services to support the growing travel needs of the region,” added McLean.
 
While the Airport has identified infrastructure projects as a primary focus for the immediate future, they are also exploring revenue diversification opportunities. “We have over 400 acres of land available for development”, says Mrs. McLean. “We are open to discussion on any and all land development possibilities.”
 
Other business highlights for the year included the signing of a new 4-year collective agreement with PSAC – UCTE Local 60615, and the addition of Orlando as a new destination for travellers direct from Saint John during Sunwing’s 2016 winter charter season.
 
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Media contact:
Angela McLean
Interim President and CEO
Vice-President, Airport Operations
Saint John Airport Inc.
Office: 506.638.5578
amclean@sjairport.ca

            6th Annual Runway Run 
          Coming May 14

 The 5k/10k/Kids Fun Run for charity is returning to Saint John Airport for the 6th season on Sat. May 14. This year, event organizers have partnered with Fundy Sports and Tourism and the Brighten Group to raise funds and awareness for “Cancer Down There”. Runners are asked to ‘don a groovy pair of undies over their running gear to help bring awareness to cancers down there, particularly colon cancer and cervical cancer. Register online at AtlanticChip.ca or runningroom.com and come on out for a day of fun.

 

AirlineFlightFromSched
Time
Actual
Time
Status
Air CanadaACA7767Halifax08:4508:35Arrived
Air CanadaACA8788Montreal10:5010:50On Time
Air CanadaACA8946Toronto11:4011:26Early
SunwingSWG65Orlando14:2014:20On Time
Air CanadaACA7769Halifax14:3514:35On Time
Air CanadaACA8786Montreal17:3817:38On Time
Air CanadaACA7771Halifax19:4019:40On Time
Air CanadaACA8948Toronto20:1020:10On Time
Air CanadaACA8792Montreal23:3323:33On Time
Flights for May 3rd 2016
Air CanadaACA8800Halifax00:1200:12On Time
SunwingSWG345Cayo Santa Maria00:5500:55On Time
Air CanadaACA8972Toronto01:3001:30On Time
Air CanadaACA7767Halifax08:4508:45On Time

Last updated: 9:27am

While the Saint John Airport Authority makes every reasonable effort to ensure the information displayed herein is correct, no responsibility or liability for the absolute accuracy of flight information displayed is accepted. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airline, directly, for arrival and departure information.

AirlineFlightToSched
Time
Actual
Time
Status
Air CanadaACA7768Halifax09:0009:00Departed
Air CanadaACA8789Montreal11:2011:20On Time
Air CanadaACA8947Toronto12:1012:10On Time
Air CanadaACA7770Halifax14:5014:50On Time
SunwingSWG344Cayo Santa Maria15:3015:30On Time
Air CanadaACA8793Montreal18:0018:00On Time
Air CanadaACA7772Halifax19:5519:55On Time
Air CanadaACA8949Toronto20:4020:40On Time
Flights for May 3rd 2016
SunwingSWG9345Fredericton02:0002:00On Time
Air CanadaACA8945Toronto05:1505:15On Time
Air CanadaACA8791Montreal05:4505:45On Time
Air CanadaACA8799Halifax06:1506:15On Time
Air CanadaACA7768Halifax09:0009:00On Time

Last updated: 9:27am

While the Saint John Airport Authority makes every reasonable effort to ensure the information displayed herein is correct, no responsibility or liability for the absolute accuracy of flight information displayed is accepted. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airline, directly, for arrival and departure information.