New air­port opens in New­port

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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