The Airfield Modernization Project is the largest capital project in the Saint John Airport’s history. It was a major undertaking for our management team and partners, and took 18 months to completely transform and modernize the airport’s two runways, taxiways, and tarmac.

The project was officially completed in October of 2019 and as a result, YSJ now has one of the most modern and safest airfields in the country.

• YSJ became the first Canadian airport in our size category to have RESA’s (Runway End Safety Areas), reducing the risk of damage to airplanes in the event of an undershoot, overshoot, or excursion from the runway.

• YSJ became the third airport in Atlantic Canada to have centreline lighting on the primary runway, improving accessibility for aircraft.

• YSJ now meets the latest safety and technology standards – resulting in improved navigation for pilots, and fewer flight cancellations and delays for our passengers.

Saint John is the third foggiest airport in Canada. There are costs associated with diverting an aircraft and this project has allowed us to improve navigation, visibility and landing capability for pilots. So now arriving and departing from Saint John is more attractive to our current airline partners and corporate clients, plus it will help us to attract new airlines in the future.

The growth of our airport is good for Saint John and all of Southern New Brunswick. The Airfield Modernization Project alone translated into an additional $21 million in economic impact for the Greater Saint John region in 2019. When and wherever possible, we hired local companies throughout the design and construction process.

The Airfield Modernization Project was completed both on time and on budget. Funding was announced in April 2018 and planning and design began later that Spring. Construction on our shorter runway began in August and continued until November 2018. The bulk of construction on our primary runway happened from May to October 2019. We would like to thank everyone who was involved with this project for their incredibly hard work.
This project would not have been possible without a $10 million investment from Transport Canada and $4 million from the Government of New Brunswick, combined with more than $6 million contributed by the Saint John Airport, for a total project cost of $20.4 million.

The next time you fly with us, we hope you feel peace of mind knowing that your Saint John Airport has one of the safest airfields in Canada.

Watch this video to see a bird’s-eye view of the Airfield Modernization Project construction in-progress.


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