SAINT JOHN, N.B. – David Allen is taking on one of the more challenging jobs in the city – convincing people to fly from the Saint John Airport.

For years, the airport authority has been losing passengers to other Maritime airports and to Bangor, Maine, due to lower costs.

Allen, the airport’s CEO, says the airport’s consultant group is working to improve air service from Saint John.

“We’re aiming to get enhanced Air Canada service here and also to get a US air carrier in here and that’s where the focus is.”

The airport has recently teamed up with it’s air carrier partners, Air Canada and Sunwing, to advertise promotions in the Port City.

Yesterday it was revealed that the Saint John Airport lost $1.5-million last year.