The first phase of a major expansion of the Victoria International Airport that was announced in February last year is now complete.
As of September 19th, YYJ airport has greatly expanded its passenger capacity for the departure lounge, added a new café and more.
“This is really exciting for us and we look forward to sharing a fresh new space with our travellers,” said Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority President and CEO.
“Ensuring we meet demand and provide an exceptional passenger experience while improving operational efficiencies for our air carriers is a key focus.”
As part of Phase One, the lower departure lounge has been expanded by 1,765 square metres (or nearly 19,000 sq. ft.), dedicated aircraft gates and covered walkways have been added, along with a new Fresh Cup Café and Bistro, and updated seating and accessibility options.
The work is nowhere near complete, however, as work on Phase Two of the project begins right away.
Stage two of the $19.4 million expansion involves renovating the existing space, building new washroom facilities, enhancing retail and adding new public art.
The third and final phase will see the addition of more food and beverage options at the airport.
According to Dickson, the entire project is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
Victoria Airport Authority first announced their expansion plan in February 2018 after a record number of over 1.9 million passengers travelled to and from YYJ airport the previous year.