Construction has started on a $15-million expansion project at the Nanaimo Airport, one of the largest in the airport’s history. The project will add 14,000 square feet, increasing the terminal building’s size by nearly 60 per cent, and help accommodate growing passenger volume.
The infrastructure investment project is a partnership between Nanaimo Airport Commission and the federal and provincial governments. Each government contributed $2.48 million.
The investment will create more comfort for passengers and enhance efficiency and safety. More space in the security area will allow travellers and their baggage to move faster through the screening. Passengers will also enjoy the benefits of a much larger departure lounge, which will have about 320 seats – more than double the current number.
“As the Central Island’s gateway to the world, we know hundreds of thousands of people rely on us for safe, convenient and comfortable travel,” says Nanaimo Airport CEO and president Mike Hooper. “We have carefully planned this expansion to ensure we continue to provide exceptional customer experience during the construction period. By expanding we’ll be better able to meet the needs of our region today and for the next generations.”
The project is being designed by Nanaimo’s Checkwitch Poiron Architects and OMB Architects + Designers. Project manager is Durwest Construction Management.
The tender process for the project has finished and pre-construction work has begun on site with completion expected in 2020. Last year, the airport completed work on the runway apron and lighting to help prepare for the expansion.
In 2016 the Nanaimo Airport Commission board of directors approved a 20-year Master Development Plan for the air terminal building. Nanaimo Airport has set records for passenger volume for eight consecutive years. More than 390,000 people are expected to pass through its gates in 2018.