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Con­struc­tion of Char­lot­te­town Air­port run­way ex­ten­sion go­ing smoothly

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

Con­struc­tion of Char­lot­te­town Air­port run­way ex­ten­sion go­ing smoothly

Most Is­land trav­ellers would need to be tak­ing off or land­ing to no­tice this paving work.

Crews with Souris-based Chap­man Bros. Con­struc­tion Ltd. have been busy this week lay­ing as­phalt on a 600-me­tre ex­ten­sion to the smaller of the Char­lot­te­town Air­port’s two run­ways.

The $7 mil­lion project is go­ing smoothly, Doug New­son, CEO of the Char­lot­te­town Air­port Au­thor­ity, told re­porters Thurs­day morn­ing dur­ing a tour of the site.

“Things are go­ing well,’’ he says.

“We are on bud­get, on time. We’re happy with the work the con­trac­tors are do­ing. The weather is ob­vi­ously co­op­er­at­ing, and things are on sched­ule.’’

The project is be­ing driven by the need to do sig­nif­i­cant re­pair work next year on the main run­way, which will have to be taken out of ser­vice.

The air­port will then use its newly ex­tended run­way for all of its ser­vice dur­ing the peak sum­mer tourist sea­son.

The ma­jor­ity of the earth­work was com­pleted in 2016, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a drainage cul­vert.

As­phalt­ing should be com­pleted early next week. Ad­di­tional work will then be re­quired be­fore the run­way is ac­tive again later in the sum­mer or in early fall.

Jeff Chap­man of Chap­man Bros. Con­struc­tion Ltd. says ex­tend­ing the run­way is “the same gen­eral idea’’ to high­way con­struc­tion.

This is the first air­port project

for the com­pany but a com­fort­able fit for a busi­ness com­monly in­volved in ma­jor con­struc­tion work across the Mar­itimes.

“Ev­ery­thing is go­ing ex­tremely well,’’ says Chap­man.

“We’re us­ing all the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in the project.’’

“Things are go­ing well. We are on bud­get, on time. We’re happy with the work the con­trac­tors are do­ing. The weather is ob­vi­ously co-op­er­at­ing, and things are on sched­ule.’’ Doug New­son, CEO of the Char­lot­te­town Air­port Au­thor­ity

New­son says the Char­lot­te­town Air­port has seen traf­fic grow roughly 60 per cent in the last 10 years. The air­port is com­ing off a record year in 2016, where traf­fic grew by 12 per cent.

“We’re see­ing larger air­craft,’’ he says.

“We’re see­ing more flights with Air Canada and West Jet. We cer­tainly ex­pect that to con­tinue mov­ing for­ward. So for a lit­tle air­port, we’ve seen lots of growth, which is great for every­body on P.E.I. It has large eco­nomic im­pacts for the prov­ince.’’

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

A plane touches down at the Char­lot­te­town Air­port on a run­way that in­ter­sects with a smaller run­way that is un­der­go­ing con­struc­tion to ex­tend its length by 600 me­tres.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

An­drew MacRae, a main­te­nance tech­ni­cian with the Char­lot­te­town Air­port Au­thor­ity, re­paints a run­way des­ig­na­tion marker.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Doug New­son, CEO of the Char­lot­te­town Air­port Au­thor­ity, gives me­dia a tour Thurs­day of the $7-mil­lion con­struc­tion project to ex­tend the smaller of the air­port’s two run­ways.

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