What does it mean to have international designation?

International designation is given to airports that meet a certain set of criteria. It is not related to the number of international flights an airport has. To receive international status, the Fredericton International Airport Authority Inc. extended Runway 09/27, built a larger customs facility, refurbished the departures area, performed obstruction clearance procedures, designed ICAO Type A drawings, etc. Receiving this status was a major accomplishment and allows for more opportunities through greater credibility.