Greater Moncton International Airport Supplies Strategic Business Services
In business, location is everything.
The strategic location of the Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA), at the crossroad confluence of east-west and north-south highways through New Brunswick, makes for a superior location from which to service the business and travelling communities.
The recently expanded airport with a coveted international status is poised for more growth. It is aggressively looking at extending the airport’s service offering south into the United States and other global markets as the principal convenient, air service for the geographically diverse Maritime Provinces. Cargo, or passenger, the GMIA is aggressively seeking new markets, new business and more traffic from business and from visitors seeking to access the Atlantic Canada tourism product offerings.
Currently, air passenger service connections for Newfoundland and for destination and transfer points west to Montreal and Toronto and beyond are readily available from the scheduled airlines serving the GMIA including: Air Canada; Air Canada’s Jazz, a regional air service; CanJet and WestJet.
Business depends on air cargo and timely courier services and the Moncton airport is a major shipping point for courier traffic in New Brunswick and regionally for the surrounding Maritimes through cargo haulers including: Air Canada Cargo; CargoJet; Federal Express; Prince Edward Air and Purolator Courier.
“In terms of cargo, the Greater Moncton International Airport, situated on the Great Circle Route from Europe to North America, offers cargo operators an affordable and convenient gateway. As well this airport is in the very heart of a major seafood industry that is fast becoming a valuable export for the region” says Rob Robichaud, CEO of GMIA.
Robichaud, as GMIA’s Authority President and CEO, Robichaud is working with community leaders to add direct access to US markets through scheduled airlines, although the Moncton Airport is already home to a seasonal charter vacation market to southern US and Caribbean markets.
“We’ve just come off of our largest passenger volume yet for Maritimers seeking to fly to winter and Spring break locations as part of international charters.” We have major charter airlines flying from GMIA including: Skyservice and AirTransat, both offering "Sun Destination" flights to the Caribbean and Mexico,” says Robichaud.
“ In terms of total passengers, the most recent season of 2003 saw 11,000 customers take advantage of this ‘fun in the sun’ service,” Robichaud says.
The year 2002 was a banner year and historical milestone for the airport in terms of cargo, passenger services, and the grand opening of the new $20 million plus 100,000 square foot passenger terminal facility.
Not the least of the accomplishments was the awarding of the international status to the airport setting the stage for future expansion of all airport services and business operations at the 725-hectare facility on Greater Moncton’s eastern extremity.
The Greater Moncton International Airport is accessible easily from Main Street, travelling east out of the city past Champlain Mall, a regional shopping centre complex that combined with out major retail shopping locations draws on a regional retail population in a concentric 150-mile diameter catch basin.
That catch basin is served by principal highways that converge just outside the GMIA entrance as principal regional access highways Route 11 from Northern New Brunswick, Route 15 from Prince Edward Island, just a hour away intersects with Route 2, the Trans-Canada Highway serving central New Brunswick markets and northwestern Nova Scotia.
“Practically speaking, the new airport entrance off Highway 15, which is in sight of the Route 2 overpass, places the GMIA in the central intersection of the access points to all the Maritimes. This represents an immediate market of one-third of a million potential travellers in the region and about 1.2million within a two-hour drive. The airport’s location positioning for convenient access and service is fantastic” says Robichaud.
The Greater Moncton International Airport, like the communities and surrounding regions of south-eastern New Brunswick has been growing in levels of business activity, visitor traffic, and represents a significant leisure and business travelling base for the expanded capacity airport to draw on.
“ There are huge opportunities for this airport for growth as we add interesting destinations and work with local tourism and hospitality operators to bring more visitors into the area by air.”
“ The market for air cargo and business that is generated by the growing manufacturing and distribution businesses in the central Maritimes also represents a huge business base for cargo and courier traffic as well as passenger traffic volume”.
“Our leading businesses are exporting more products and services out of this area and the timely connections direct out of the Moncton area is a significant contributor to local business growth among area businesses” says Robichaud.
Passenger traffic is influenced by consumer trends, but local businesses trying to get their service and products to their customers more quickly in an on demand marketplace for customer service is a significant growth potential for the Moncton airport, explains Robichaud.
The 2002 volume performance numbers for cargo and passenger numbers back up Robichaud’s analysis. During the most recent year, 2002, the Moncton Airport’s cargo statistics set a new record total of 24,490 metric tons, which represents a 23% increase over 2001 tonnage handled and is a 80% growth increase since the airport was transferred in 1997.
While passenger traffic volumes dipped from 2001 levels by only 5.6%, which in an industry experiencing a slower than expected recovery from international events and security issues that impacted global airline and airports alike, the minor falloff in total passenger traffic is considered positive achievement by airline industry observers.
“During the first five months of 2003 we are experiencing double digit growth of 21% with projections for the year indicating 18%” says Robichaud.
The location of the Greater Moncton International Airport plays a significant role in its potential to grow and develop more services for the business community. Currently the GMIA is approaching service to a half million travellers per year and is centrally located to offer air service to a total population of 1.25 million potential travellers in the central Maritimes.
“ A feature of the GMIA location that continues to work well for us is the long standing reputation that the GMIA has as a best weather location for airline schedules, regardless of whether they are carrying cargo or passengers” adds Robichaud.
While the nearby location of over a million potential passengers is driving the growth in passenger carriers serving the airport, it is the 2,000,000 square feet of logistics and warehouse service space spread among over two dozen companies in the immediate Greater Moncton region that also drives the freight cargo side of the business.
“The traditional transport hub reputation of Moncton also works for the air courier side. A good example of this is the presence of FedEx and Purolator couriers here with airside facilities that make GMIA their base in Atlantic Canada,” says Robichaud.
The growing success and expansion of the Greater Moncton International airport as a key component of economic development in the region is not happening by accident, but by strategic design.
Local community leaders formed the Greater Moncton Airport Authority (GMAA) and on September 01, 1997, some sixty years after the small field first opened as a Federal government owned facility, transferred the airport to local control. This was the first privatized “national Airport System,” airport in Atlantic Canada and operates as the region’s only 24-hour service airport.
The GMAA Board of Directors contracted with Vancouver International Airport Services (YVRAS), a subsidiary of the Vancouver International Airport and internationally recognized as a leader in airport management, to manage the GMAA under a long term contract. The GMAA owns the airport and opened in the new and expanded airport terminal in October of 2002 in a ceremony presided over by the Queen of England, during a tour of Canada.
The original Moncton airport began operations in 1936-37 and continued as a Trans-Canada Airlines network service field, then managed by Transport Canada. An actual passenger terminal was established in 1953 and later expanded in 1976 and slowly evolved until the community took control of its operation in 1997.
Two years later in 1999, the airport’s aircraft support facilities was expanded with a new one million square foot apron, added as part of the 1999 Sommet de la Francophonie, to which Moncton was host city.
The new passenger facility is a modern design facility and interior decorators took pains to add and use locally available forest products, wood artefacts and various stone and rock elements as well as color themes from the natural environment of southeastern New Brunswick.
A comprehensive profile of the airport facilities is contained on a review at this site location http://www.nbaerodef.ca/e/200/203e.htm and the link to the GMIA airport web site is available at www.gma.ca .
Contact Information Greater Moncton International Airport G1575 Champlain Street, Unit 12, Dieppe, NB, E1A 7P5 Contact: Rob Robichaud Title: GMIA. Authority President and CEO Tel: +1 506.856.5444 Fax: +1 506.856.5431 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gma.ca