Saint John – Rothesay MP Wayne Long (File Image)

The Saint John Airport is getting a financial boost from Ottawa. Saint John – Rothesay MP Wayne Long has announced the airport will receive $565,400 through Ottawa’s dAirport Capital Assistance program.

The money will be used to complete some upgrades to ramp lighting and replacement of some aging equipment as the airport continues preparations for the resumption of flights.

Long says a vibrant Saint John Airport is critical to residents and businesses in the region. The MP says he is also working to ensure regional airlines continue service to the airport.

Air Canada and Porter are scheduled to resume service next month while discount airline Flair is set to begin service to Toronto in July – PAL plans to launch its new service to Halifax in August – and Sunwing says it will resume vacation flights in February of next year. All services are subject to the status of the COVID pandemic at the time. Commercial flights at the airport have been non-existent since early January due to the impact of the pandemic.