Strike put airport about a year behind on expansion plans: CEO

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I confess to feeling a little underwhelmed about the new direct destination announced at the St. John’s airport earlier this week: Moncton.

So I amused myself by coming up with some potential marketing slogans for Pascan, the Quebec-based regional carrier announced the same day as the newest airline to fly out of St. John’s. “Pascan: When You Have to Go to Moncton” as well as “Moncton: It’s Not That Bad.”

Kidding aside, it does appear to fulfil a need (and Moncton is actually quite nice). And Pascan makes much more sense than the implausible rumours I was hearing in the days leading up to the announcement, like Delta and Air Jamaica.

While at the airport for the announcement, I asked airport authority CEO Keith Collins how the airport’s getting along now that the drawn-out maintenance workers’ strike has been settled — “Very well,” said Collins — and I specifically wanted to know how far behind the authority is with its expansion plans.

“On the terminal building project, we’re about a year behind,” he said. “We’d hoped to do some things last September, but that didn’t happen. What it’s done, of course, is

give us a little more time to plan. The planning hasn’t stopped; we just couldn’t start construction. So we’re looking at things like tendering larger pieces of work, rather than smaller pieces of work. We’ve done the best we can with the time that’s there, but in terms of construction, we’ve lost a year. But we’re looking to make that up as best we can.”

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The Bank of Montreal has appointed a vice-president of personal banking for western Newfoundland and Labrador, naming Deanne Chaulk in the newly created position. Chaulk will oversee the bank’s 13 branches in western Newfoundland and Labrador, having started her career with the bank in Wabush, and has already served as an area manager for eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The Rotary Club of St. John’s is looking for nominations for the Aidan Maloney Emerging Professionals Award. Named for a former Rotary district governor, the award recognizes two professionals be-tween the ages of 25 and 40 who “have potential to positively impact their vocations and communities in the future.” The deadline for submissions is Sept. 27. They can be made at www.northwestrotary.org.

dmaceachern@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: Bank of Montreal, The Rotary Club

Geographic location: Moncton, Newfoundland and Labrador, Wabush

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