The Government of Canada opens improved main runway and connecting taxiways in Prince Edward Island

News release

January 24, 2019    Charlottetown, P.E.I.    Transport Canada

Well-functioning trade corridors are important for Canadians to compete in key global markets and trade more efficiently with international partners.

Earlier this month, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island officially opened the improved Runway 03-21 and connecting taxiways at the Charlottetown Airport.

The Government of Canada invested $8.1 million into the rehabilitation of Charlottetown Airport’s main Runway 03-21 and connecting taxiways. Major components of the work included grading and drainage improvements, replacement of storm water collection infrastructure, and rehabilitation and reconstruction of the pavement structure.


“Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies. The rehabilitation of Runway 03-21 at the Charlottetown Airport will strengthen its safety and sustainability, while making our transportation system stronger’’

Sean Casey
Member of Parliament for Charlottetown

“The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of its trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian enterprises in the global marketplace. This is our commitment to addressing long-term infrastructure needs in supporting middle-class growth and well-paying jobs, and ensuring that Canada’s transportation networks remain cost competitive and efficient.”

Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • This project will strengthen the safety and sustainability of the Charlottetown Airport which is part of the National Airports System.  The 26 airports in the National Airports System serve about 95 per cent of all scheduled passenger and cargo traffic in Canada, and handle almost all of Canada's international trade flows by air.

  • Transportation is an important element of Canada’s trade with other countries. In 2017, total international merchandise trade amounted to $1 trillion. The United States continued to be Canada’s top trade partner, with $702.9 billion in trade, accounting for 63.5 per cent of total Canadian trade in 2017.

  • The Government of Canada places a strong emphasis on exports because of the connection between trade and good, well-paying jobs, as industries that are export-intensive pay wages that are, on average, more than 50 per cent higher than industries that are not.

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Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

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Transport Canada, Ottawa

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