When the shovels hit the ground for the $4 Billion renewal of ageing La Guardia Airport in Queens New York, not only will it be Canadians be at the helm, but it will be former Hamilton Airport executives running the show. Stuart Steeves who at one time served as CFO for Hamilton’s Munro Airport and recently-outgoing Hamilton Airport President Frank Scremin who will be in charge of the project.
Both Steeves and Scremin are veteran employees of Vantage Airport Group, who in addition to holding the lease to operate Hamilton Airport also operate airports in 9 cities worldwide including the airports in Fort St. John, B.C., Kamloops, B.C., and Moncton, N.B. Steeves was named Chief Executive Officer of the project group, LaGuardia Gateway Partners, and Frank Scremin will be Project Manager.
The airport, described by US Vice President Joe Biden as something that would be found in a “third World country” serves more than 13 Million passengers a year. It serves as New York’s gateway for domestic flights. The new configuration will see a new 35-gate terminal and a grand hall that will connect all of LaGuardia’s terminals.
Commenting on Scremin’s departure Hamilton Airport Board Chair Ron Foxcroft told the Bay Observer, “Under Frank’s leadership the airport has been a tremendous financial resource to the City of Hamilton, as well as creating significant employment, and tax revenue from the airport tenants. Prior to his departure he has positioned the airport for significant growth in the Cargo business, and was instrumental in Air Canada returning to Hamilton on the passenger side.” As the lead player in the project Vantage has teamed up with Sweden’s Skanska AB and France’s Meridiam who join the consortium as development and equity-investment partners.
“It’s the largest public-private partnership in the United States,” said Vantage CEO George Casey, “it’s the largest in airports, it’s complex … but our consortium is deep in expertise and capabilities and Vantage brings substantial experience in the airport sector.”

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