New offerings and activities at YSJ for 2017

SAINT JOHN, NB – Enhanced shopping, community support and travel services will all take flight at the Saint John Airport over the coming weeks, YSJ President and CEO Derrick Stanford announced today.

“The Saint John Airport serves the air travel needs of 300,000 residents of southwestern New Brunswick, spanning from Sussex to the Fundy Isles, and contributes to visitors’ first impressions of our community,” Stanford said. “It is only natural that we invest in building our user-experience, community and services.”

Duty-free shopping provides new experience for travelers

A new duty-free store will open at the Saint John Airport in early February. 

Saint John is the second airport in the province to offer the service, and first to offer a stand-alone, dedicated space for shoppers. 

Managed by Creative Duty Free Shops and designed to replicate the historic Saint John City Market – YSJ’s new 12’x12’ store will be located post-security in the departures lounge.

It will provide travelers leaving Canada with a duty-free shopping experience that will include tax-free shopping on popular brands along with a currency exchange that will convert Canadian to US dollars. The store will offer passengers convenience items like food and drinks, magazines, Canadian and local souvenirs along with a wide assortment of travel necessities. 

The Saint John Airport Market and Duty-Free will be open seven days a week for all domestic and international flights.

Saint John Airport President and CEO Derrick Stanford says, “We’re thrilled to offer such a unique duty-free experience – the first of its kind for New Brunswick. This new service is an example of some of the steps we’re taking to build our airport, contribute to our community and enhance passenger experience.” 

"We are excited to be part of the growth of the Saint John Airport and contribute to providing superior service and amenities that will leave all travelers with a memorable experience when departing Saint John," says Bonnie Gates, Creative Duty Free Shops Vice-President.

HotSpot parking contract offers convenient payment, supports NB business

The Saint John Airport and New Brunswick start-up, HotSpot Parking Inc., have entered into an agreement to offer HotSpot’s popular pay-by-phone solution for busy airport patrons using short-term parking.

“Offering travelers, their families and friends the convenience of taking care of their parking needs by smart phone – whether that’s adding more time, or being spared a ticket if their time expires – is the next step in creating a first-rate experience for all those coming through our doors,” Stanford said.

YSJ is the only airport in the region to offer HotSpot parking service.

Commissionaires to oversee security for another three years 

The new, enhanced HotSpot parking experience is bolstered by the recent renewal of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires contract to oversee the provision of facility services and parking control at the Saint John Airport.

“This contract is recognition of the confidence in our security team and the high level of customer service that we provided to the Saint John Airport for the past 25 plus years,” said Peter Kramers, CEO Commissionaires, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island.

YSJ President and CEO Derrick Stanford says, “The Saint John Airport is proud to continue our relationship with the Commissionaires. In addition to providing excellent services, safety, and value to the Saint John Airport – it provides employment opportunities for many of our local veterans.”

Fourteen permanent and part-time Commissionaires are employed at the Saint John Airport. 

YSJ to sponsor 2017 ECMAs

The Saint John Airport will be a Gateway Sponsor of the 2017 East Coast Music Awards – the first sponsorship of its kind.

The annual awards ceremony is hosted by the East Coast Music Academy. It celebrates Atlantic artists and is one of the top music industry events in Canada. The 2017 event will take place in Saint John, April 26 to 30.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support and promote Atlantic musicians through our sponsorship of the ECMAs,” Stanford said. “Arts have a special role to play in building community, something the Airport values very much.”

The annual event draws talent from all corners of the Atlantic region and provides an opportunity to showcase our local talent to the rest of Canada and the world.

About the Saint John Airport

Saint John Airport Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation serving air travel needs of 300,000 residents of southwestern New Brunswick spanning from Sussex to the Fundy Isles, and is a key element in the economic and social development of this region. In 2015, the Saint John Airport serviced 252,000 passengers and 13,654 aircraft movements. The airport’s 20 tenants employ 190 FTE employees across airport operations, carriers (Air Canada and Sunwing), general aviation and air terminal building services.

Its economic impact is estimated at $68.7 million, with more than 480 jobs created directly and indirectly. All revenue of the Saint John Airport is reinvested in operations and facilities on-site. 

For additional information or to coordinate an interview, please contact:

Derrick Stanford

President and CEO, Saint John Airport

Office: 506-644-8607








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