Miramichi Airport Commission Receives Funds for New Air Services Building
MP Finnigan made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Nadeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Members of the Miramichi Airport Commission, the City of Miramichi and community leaders were also on hand to celebrate the good news.
The project includes demolishing the former passenger terminal and constructing a new two storey multifunctional air services building that will increase business opportunities. The new structure, which will be an estimated 10,000 square feet, will house flight operations, aircraft dispatching, meteorology observation, aviation fuel services, pilot reception and a rest area. Space will also be leased to a variety of long-term tenants as part of a revenue stream to ensure sustainability.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, and the Government of New Brunswick, through the province’s strategic infrastructure initiative each contributed \\$500,000 to the project, while the City of Miramichi is providing \\$250,000 and the Miramichi Airport Commission is providing \\$362,000.
“The Government of Canada remains committed to working with the Province of New Brunswick to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow the Atlantic Canadian economy. Today’s announcement in the Miramichi is part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy commitment to drive economic growth in the region.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“The Government of Canada, through ACOA is making strategic investments that build on competitive regional advantages. The development of this new airport services building is vital to the Miramichi’s ongoing efforts to maintain existing business activity as well as attract new businesses in a number of sectors, in order to diversify and grow the local economy.”
- Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake
“The new multifunctional air services building will create jobs in the short term and spur economic growth in the long term, said Premier Brian Gallant. “Airports and other strategic infrastructure are important for New Brunswick businesses.”
- The Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick
“The City of Miramichi has consistently recognized the value of the Miramichi Airport as a sustainable plan for regional economic growth. This new facility will allow the Miramichi Airport to continue to expand on its potential as a northern transportation hub. The City of Miramichi is pleased to participate in the funding of this project and congratulates the Provincial and Federal Governments for the confidence shown in the Miramichi Airport Commission, as well as their acknowledgment of the significance of the Miramichi Airport as an economic asset for not only our City, but also the Miramichi region.”
- Adam Lordon, Deputy Mayor, City of Miramichi
“The new Miramichi Airport Services Building has been as strategic priority for the Miramichi Airport Commission and we are thankful to all three levels of government for their collaboration, commitment and support to help make this project a reality. Together we have worked as a team to bring this project to fruition and we look forward to the numerous business opportunities and positive future this new infrastructure will bring to the entire Miramichi region.”
- Derek Burchill, Chairman, Miramichi Airport Commission