FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20, 2012
DIEPPE – The year 2011 ended in a healthy 5% increase resulting in a new record for a total of 579,329 customers at the Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA) in comparison to 552,629 in 2010. On the cargo front, the year ended at a 1% increase. Volumes finished at 23,035 metric tonnes in comparison to 22,789 metric tonnes in 2010.
This growth in air travel is attributed to a great 2011 southern destination season, in addition to all our airline partners continuing their success in Greater Moncton. Adding to this upward trend is our newest airline partner, Porter Airlines that started service in June 2010. Both Continental and Porter Airlines increased service during the holidays to Newark (New York) and Toronto respectively, offering more possibilities for travelers.
For 2012, Sunwing Vacations is for the second year offering a Montego Bay, Jamaica, service, the first Jamaican destination from the GMIA. WestJet began a seasonal Orlando service in mid-January. With a new name and with the introduction of the Q400 in their fleet, Air Canada Express remains our main carrier offering the most frequency to major Canadian centres.
“We wish to thank the community for your continued support of air services from New Brunswick’s busiest and fastest growing airport”, states Rob Robichaud, President and CEO, of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority. “Our air service development objectives are designed to increase services and offer the best travel options to link our community to the world.”
A recent Economic Impact Study revealed that the Greater Moncton International Airport injects over $380 million annually in revenue in the local, regional and provincial economy and is responsible for the employment of over 1,500 people in the region, while contributing
$13 million annually in fiscal obligations, making it one of the region’s foremost employers.
The Greater Moncton International Airport Authority is a non-share capital corporation mandated to manage local airport assets on behalf of the community.
For more information:
Director, Airport Commercial Development