Greater Moncton International Airport sees healthy increases in passenger and cargo traffic in 2013

Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA)
Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA). (Photo courtesy of GMIA.)

Passenger and cargo traffic at the Greater Moncton International Airport (GMIA) saw healthy increases once again in 2013, continuing a positive overall trend for New Brunswick’s preeminent airport.

In 2013, the number of passengers at the airport rose to 647,682, a 5.3% increase over 2012 (615,085) and a nearly 12% increase over 2011 (579,329) – a new record! These customers flew on the GMIA’s main airline partners, including Air Canada Express, the airline offering the most frequency from Greater Moncton, as well as Porter, WestJet and United. A significant increase was also noticed coming from chartered aircraft (Flair and Canadian North) transporting mobile workers mostly to Fort McMurray.

The GMIA is also served during winter months by airlines offering direct non-stop flights to southern destinations. This winter, Transat Holidays is offering flights from Greater Moncton to Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic. Sunwing Vacations is offering direct flights to Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Meanwhile, WestJet is also offering direct flights from Greater Moncton to Mexico and Florida. For details, check the GMIA’s website, contact the airlines directly or call your travel agent.

Meanwhile, cargo traffic from carriers such as Bluebird, Cargojet, EVAS, FedEx, Purolator, Skylink and WestJet Cargo increased by 8.5% to 24,172 metric tonnes compared to 22,832 in 2012 and 22,760 in 2011.

“The steadfast and loyal support of our customers, airlines, cargo companies, and our partners in the business community and government, have made it possible for us to continue increasing our offerings and expanding our facilities,” said Rob Robichaud, President and CEO of the Greater Moncton International Airport Authority. “As New Brunswick’s busiest and fastest-growing airport, we’re very proud of what we have to offer and are dedicated to excellence for our travel and cargo customers.”

“We’re open to the world,” Mr. Robichaud said. “We have a beautiful modern terminal, overall great weather for flying, an excellent strategic location for trans-shipments and top-notch cargo facilities, including a 10,000-foot world-class brand-new runway. We’re working very hard every day to increase our role in our economy as a key strategic piece of transportation and cargo infrastructure.”

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