Saint John Airport Inc. commissioned WSP to develop a Climate Change Risk Assessment and Environmental Management Resiliency Strategy. The assessment is a risk-management approach to understand the likelihood and consequences of how future climate change events may affect infrastructure components and operations.
The Saint John Airport serves the City of Saint John, New Brunswick, and accommodates about 280,000 passengers annually, with annual revenues of over $7 million. The airport consists of two runways, five taxiways, and the associated infrastructure (i.e., signage, support roads, hangars). There is an airport passenger terminal building on site that was originally built in 1952, with additions completed in the 1980s and 2002. The building is approximately 43,000 sq. ft. (4,000 sq. m) and contains areas for arrivals, departures, offices, entry gates, a customs area, rental/customer service desks, and a small café. The airport is adjacent to the Mispec River and about 8 km from the Bay of Fundy.
This climate change risk assessment used the PIEVC approach as developed by Engineers Canada. The assessment reviews historical and projected climate data to understand potential risks associated with Saint John Airport infrastructure and operations, and provides recommended adaptation strategies.