St. John’s International Airport Authority has invested $160 million to enhance and improve the Airport’s facilities since the Airport was privatized in 1998. The unprecedented growth in passenger volume experienced at our Airport and the identified areas for operational improvements for the airfield has culminated in a $245 million further investment in the Airport’s facilities to accommodate the forecasted annual two million passengers by 2021. This 10-year Airport Improvement and Expansion Plan includes the installation of a Category III Instrument Landing System on the principal runway, and runway end safety areas (RESAs) on both main runways, and the Expansion of the Terminal Building as it doubles its existing size (387,000 square feet). Both runway initiatives have been completed and became operational in early 2016. We will continue to operate a safe and efficient Airport that will be the pride of our community.
St. John’s International Airport has two main runways and three separate apron areas, connected by eight (8) hard surface taxiways. These runways are strategically aligned to accommodate heavy cross winds. At a length of 8,500 feet, the principal runway (Runway 11/29) has been utilized by all sizes of aircraft and is supported by Category III instrument landing systems.
The runway sizes are listed below:
- Runway 11/29 (principal runway) – 8500 feet x 200 feet (2600m x 60m)
- Runway 16/34 – 7000 feet x 200 feet (2100m x 60m)
- Runway 02/20 – 5025 feet x 100 feet (1500m x 30m)
Some notable aircraft that have landed at the airport:
- Antonov 124 (Russian)
- C 5A Galaxy
- Concorde (Air France)
- Variety of Military Aircraft
The Airport Terminal Building was re-developed in 2002 and was expanded to a total area of 175,000 square feet. The building was designed to reflect our culture and heritage as well as our vibrant new economy. Materials such as Bell Island stone and maple are combined with stainless steel and glass to produce a building that evokes a sense of pride in the community .
Not only is the building attractive, it has proven to be very functional, especially in handling the unanticipated increase in passenger traffic. The three floors of the Terminal Building include concessions, check-in areas, a large international area and arrivals on the first floor, pre-board screening and departures lounge on the second floor, and Airport Authority and tenant offices on the third floor. There are eight aircraft gates located at the Terminal Building and five of these include passenger bridges.
Forecasts indicate that 2 million passengers will travel through the Airport by 2021, which represents a 25 per cent increase based on current passenger traffic. It is for this reason that the Airport announced in 2014 a $245 million Airport Improvement & Expansion Plan. This Plan includes an expansion to the Airport Terminal Building that will result in more food, beverage and retail options for passengers; an expanded Departures Lounge; and more space for the pre-board screening area.
Since 2011, $40 million has been invested in the Airport’s infrastructure that includes a new access road to the Airport, named World Parkway. This road opened in late 2013 and was designed to accommodate increased vehicular traffic. In addition, vehicle parking facilities have been expanded, as has the Airport Terminal Building apron to provide more aircraft parking, also allowing for further air service development opportunities.
Central De-icing Facility
St. John’s International Airport has a Central De-icing Facility. This facility is the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada and was designed to improve operational safety and efficiency and to maintain our environmental integrity. Strategically located close to the “bad weather” runway, aircraft are able to efficiently de-ice and move through the facility to access the runway quickly.
At a size of 45,000 square metres, this facility can accommodate and is available for aircraft parking for Code C & D aircraft. This is especially relevant for large military aircraft, such as C-17s, that cannot be accommodated on the general aviation ramp.