New airport opens in Newport
The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Northeast Kingdom International Airport, the former Newport State Airport that recently received a little more than $17 million in upgrades, took place on November 12th in Coventry, Vermont. The expanded airport is expected to not only greatly benefit the local economy in Vermont, but also to have an economic impact on this side of the border.
The expansion project includes an extension to the runway of 1000 feet to allow for commercial flights, bonded warehouses, water and septic system work and more. The ground will be broken in the spring of 2016 to build a new terminal, expected to be finished by the fall of 2016. The new airport is also now a Foreign Trade Zone.
The project has the support of both private and public partners, including state, federal and local governments, the development group behind Jay Peak and more. The airport’s proximity to the Canadian border, and more specifically the cities of Montreal and Sherbrooke and the area of the Eastern Townships, is another aspect of the airport that Vermont businesses are happy about.