Runway Rehabilitation Program

About the Project

Economic Impact

As the only commercial airport in Prince Edward Island, the Charlottetown Airport is an important economic driver for the entire province. It is a key link for business, residents, and visitors and is essential to the Island’s future growth and prosperity.

A recent economic impact study concluded that the airport and business park had 488 full-time equivalent employees, contributed $114.7 million to PEI’s gross output, $64 million to gross domestic product, and $36.5 million to wages and salaries.

Approximately 95% of current commercial aircraft movements use Runway 03-21, making this the most important asset at the airport. In 2017, over 370,000 passengers made their way through the facilities, with about 50% of those passengers departing or arriving between June and September. The Charlottetown Airport is now seeing larger aircraft than ever before, as in addition to WestJet operating their 737 fleet, Air Canada has brought their Rouge product to PEI with their Airbus 319 and 321 aircraft. Runway 03-21 is certainly the preferred runway for these aircraft as it has the more advanced navigational aids and without this runway, traffic would suffer immensely. Having two commercially usable runways will not only provide for a safer operating environment for users, it will also extend the lifespan of each runway.