01/21/2013 07:33 EST | Updated 03/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Extension of runway in Halifax gets official opening

HALIFAX - Today marks the official opening of a newly extended runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

The longer runway can now be used by a new generation of larger, wide-body jets.

The airport's main runway has been lengthened by more than 500 metres to 3,200 metres — that's 10,500 feet.

The project took more than a year to complete and the runway opened for use in November.

The work included paving new service roads and replacing navigational aids, including new high-intensity lights at the north end of the runway.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay was expected to be on hand for the ceremony, as was Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter.