Extended Runway Opens at Halifax Stanfield

The newly-extended main runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport was officially opened on January 21, allowing Atlantic Canada to “embark on a new era in air service”, according to Airport Authority President & CEO Tom Ruth.
He said:  “The extension provides Atlantic Canada with new economic development opportunities, particularly in the air cargo sector.  This new era in air service was made possible by investments from both the federal and provincial governments.  This development will create positive economic spin-offs that will benefit our community, our province and our region.”
The $28 million project, carried out by Dexter Construction, was funded through several sources.  The Government of Canada provided up to $9 million in support of the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor Strategy;  the Province of Nova Scotia invested $5 million; and the remaining $14 million was provided by Halifax International Airport Authority, which operates, maintains and develops the airport on behalf of the federal government.
Construction to lengthen the runway from 8,800ft (2,682m) to 10,500ft (3,200m) began in September 2011 and it became operational on November 15, 2012.
Premier Darrell Dexter added:  “More export capability means more jobs for Nova Scotians and the newly extended main runway will help achieve that goal.”
(Image:  HIAA)