SAINT JOHN (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments are investing about $14 million to modernize the Saint John Airport.

“As part of our multi-year economic growth plan, your government is committed to making strategic investments in key infrastructure that will grow the New Brunswick economy and create jobs,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Investing in the Saint John Airport will positively impact our economy and the quality of life in our province.”

The $20-million project includes runway improvements and safety features such as new lighting on the centre line of the airport’s primary runway.

“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors,” said federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “We are supporting projects that will efficiently move commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”

The provincial government will contribute up to $4 million through the Regional Development Corporation’s Strategic Infrastructure Initiative for safety-related airfield modernization, which includes centre line and sideline lighting of the airport’s runways. The federal government is investing just over $10 million to rehabilitate the two runways, the public taxiway and aprons, repair major cracks in the pavement, and repair the drainage system.

The Saint John Airport is also contributing more than $6 million to the project.

“The investment announced today will enable us to make safety-related improvements that ensure we comply with the latest airport design standards and lessens the cost of annual routine maintenance going forward,” said airport president and CEO Derrick Stanford. “Once completed, these critical infrastructure improvements will allow us to realize our passenger growth goals and remain a key economic driver for the region.”