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City announces completion of the main north-south runway at Kingston Airport

November 29, 2018 –

This week, final work is being completed on the main north-south runway at Kingston Airport. Work to extend the runway from just under 5,000 to 6,000 feet began in June.

"Extending a runway is no easy feat. It's a highly regulated process that saw the City and the contractor working closely with Transport Canada," says Rick Reed, Airport manager. 

As part of the runway extension, approximately 200,000 tonnes of aggregate was transported in, compacted and then carefully graded to support the new pavement. New energy efficient LED edge lights were installed and an instrument landing system (ILS) was commissioned by NAV Canada. 

"It's exciting times at the Kingston Airport," says Reed.

Reed explains what an extra 1,000 feet could mean to Kingston and the region: "This extended runway means that inclement weather is less likely to impact flight service and that we can accommodate a new generation of slightly larger airplanes. It also gives aircraft more distance to take off, pushing planes higher over residential areas."

The extension of the north-south runway is part of a larger project to modernize Kingston Airport, to make it a more attractive and competitive option for travellers. As part of these ongoing improvements, the terminal building, which is still under construction, is being expanded and made more accessible.

City announces completion of the main north-south runway at Kingston Airport

"It's a work in progress, but the finish line is within sight. We want to thank travellers and residents for bearing with us through this construction. We look forward to sharing more project updates in the very near future," says Reed.