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Victoria International Airport will soon have a new air traffic control tower.

In a media statement Wednesday, Nav Canada, which provides air-traffic control for the airport, said that construction of a six-storey tower is expected to start in the spring and be completed by 2026.

The new tower will include a control cab with a 360-degree view of the airport and have the most up-to-date air-traffic management, communications and aviation-surveillance systems to ensure safety.

“While the new tower will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to safely and efficiently manage growing air traffic demand, it will also be LEED certified,” said Nav Canada president and CEO Raymond Bohn.

Nav Canada says the new tower is expected to be several metres higher than the existing structure, which was built in 1958.

“Aviation is a critical industry for economic prosperity and this project will help facilitate continued growth in the region,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO, Victoria International Airport.

Air-traffic controllers will continue working in the existing tower until the new structure is completed.

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