New Brunswick’s three main airports – Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton – beat their own passenger records last year.
The Fredericton International Airport hosted 424,324 passengers in 2018, nearly a seven per cent increase from 2017. It was also the first time in the airport’s history it has reached the 400,000 passenger milestone, said Johanne Gallant, president and CEO of Fredericton International Airport Authority.
“We are so pleased to surpass 400,000 passengers,” said Gallant in a release. “It is a testament to the confidence that air carriers have in our market – as they’ve added capacity our community has responded by travelling more. It has been an exciting year and we’d like to thank our air carrier partners and travellers.”
Meanwhile, 282,217 people flew out of the Saint John John Airport last year, a seven per cent increase over last year and the airport’s second consecutive record-breaking year in passenger traffic.
The passenger growth is attributed to extra flights and boosted capacity by Air Canada and Porter Airlines, along with significant investments to greatly enhance the airport facility and infrastructure. Last August, the Saint John Airport construction began on several major airfield modernization and safety improvements.
“Once construction is completed in December 2019, we’ll be in an enhanced position to realize further passenger growth,” said Derrick Stanford president and CEO of the Saint John Airport. “The Airfield Modernization Project comprises the complete rehabilitation of the airport’s two runways and has enabled us to make safety-related improvements that ensure we comply with the latest airport design standards.”
Moncton remains the busiest airport in the province. In 2018, a record 681,437 people flew out of the Greater Moncton International Airport, up from 665,630 in 2017.
In total, nearly 1.4 million people flew out of the province’s three main airports last year.
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