Airport Improvement Fees
St. John’s International Airport has an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) of $20 that is built in to the price of your airline ticket (departing passengers only). Revenues from the AIF are used to improve the infrastructure of the airport to serve you better and allow us to keep pace with the air transportation needs of our growing province. The Airport Authority is contractually obligated to only use the AIF to finance capital projects that are required to construct or improve airport infrastructure that will directly benefit air travelers.
The AIF has already paved the way for major improvements including financing of the major expansion to the terminal building that was completed in 2002, bigger parking lots, a covered walkway to the terminal building, larger waiting areas, check-in counters, a new and expanded Visitor Information Center and better luggage handling systems.
In 2007, we opened our new Central De-icing Facility that will continue to increase operational efficiencies and safety and maintain our environmental integrity. A fourth bridge was also installed to allow passengers to board and exit their flights without being subject to the elements. Self-service passenger check-in kiosks were installed and TVs were added to the departures lounge.
Recently, a more automated parking lot system that includes a self-pay option in the terminal building and at the exit gates was installed. This is resulting in improved efficiencies and reducing the waiting time to exit the parking lots. As well, the secondary runway was rehabilitated and energy-efficient lighting systems and low visibility taxiway lighting systems were installed.
On February 2, 2011, we announced a 10-year, $150 million capital plan that will support existing and anitcipated growth to the year 2020. The highlights of this plan includes an expansion of the Airport Terminal Building, a new airport access road, expanded vehicle parking facilities, additional passenger loading bridges, additional apron space, a new ramp services and cargo building, upgrades and rehabilitation to the airfield and a conversion to LED lighting in the Airport Terminal Building and on the airfield.
As we continue to grow as a region, the Airport Authority will also continue to implement improvements in consultation with our partners and stakeholders so that the airport, the “gateway to the Province”, can facilitate economic growth and conveniently serve the community into the future.