Take off in economy expected with new runway at Halifax airport

Posted on 22. Jan, 2013 by in News

Extending the main runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport will create a “ripple of prosperity” across the province, says airport authority president Tom Ruth.

The airport hosted the grand opening of their main runway on Monday morning, with Premier Darrell Dexter, federal Minister of Defence Peter MacKay and HRM Mayor Mike Savage attending.

“This will allow cargo freighters to operate throughout the year, and now larger passenger planes can move more goods and people,” said Ruth.

The $28-million project began in September 2011 and was completed last November. The runway was lengthened from 8,800 to 10,500 feet.

The work included excavation, paving, electrical and lighting components, relocating navigational aids on both ends, and replacing the Category II high-intensity approach system at the north end of the runway.

In Nova Scotia fashion, the dignitaries cut a tartan ribbon, strung between boxes of lobster, to mark the launch.

“We often say our market is the world, but that only works if we can move our goods into the world,” Savage said at the event.

The mayor added that increased passenger  traffic bodes well for local businesses to set up around the airport.

MacKay said the expansion fits into the Atlantic Gateway trade strategy, and the province is an ideal location for goods and people to travel through.

“Larger planes bearing lobster, apples and fresh seafood will help contribute to our provincial economy,” he said.

Transport Canada provided $9 million in the runway, the province invested $5 million, and the remaining $14 million was covered by the Airport Authority.

The runway was extended 1,300 feet at south end and 370 feet at the north end towards Enfield.

“A mile on the road gives you a mile. A mile on the runway gives you the world,” Ruth said.

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax, January 21st 2013

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