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RUNWAY EXPANSION POSITIONS GREATER MONCTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AS KEY AIR CARGO HUB

October 17, 2013

MONCTON – Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport; New Brunswick Premier, the Honourable David Alward; and Rob Robichaud, President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority today announced the official opening of the Greater Moncton International Airport’s world-class 10,000-foot runway extension.

This project extends the airport's main runway from 6,150 to 10,000 feet in order to allow the airport to handle larger wide-bodied and heavy aircraft, which will in-turn increase trade and traffic through the airport.

“This investment will enhance the airport's position as an international air cargo hub,” said MP Goguen. “Moreover, it will provide substantial benefit to the regional economy, and contribute to long-term economic prosperity in New Brunswick.”
“Investing in key transportation infrastructure projects such as the Greater Moncton International Airport runway extension project is an important part of our government’s plan to create jobs and rebuild New Brunswick’s economy,” said Premier Alward. “The project will not only assist in increasing trade and traffic, but it will provide economic opportunities for New Brunswick companies and investors.”

“The Greater Moncton International Airport Authority, who is part of Vantage Airport Group, is very proud of this new infrastructure, which will allow us to compete around the world for ever-increasing cargo, transshipment and passenger traffic,” said Mr. Robichaud. “On behalf of the Authority, I would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their investment in our vision and our community. Their support in our ongoing development has been outstanding. We are in an excellent position for a successful and bright future.”

Construction to extend the runway began in May 2012 and was completed in October 2013. The total cost of the project is $24 million. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $4 million through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The Province of New Brunswick contributed $4 million and the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority provided the remaining amount.

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Julie Pondant
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