John G Diefenbaker International Airport unveils phase 1 expansion

22 October 2013 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2013 18:30)

John G Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon city in central Saskatchewan, Canada, has completed the first part of its expansion project and the area is now officially open to passengers.

John G Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon city in central Saskatchewan, Canada, has completed the first part of its expansion project and the area is now officially open to passengers.

With the completion of Phase 1, three new gates will be operational and capable of holding international bridge flights.

The new area is a part of the C$53m ($51.46m) Airport Terminal Expansion Project, which will set up eight bridgeable gates and three ground load positions when completed in autumn 2014.

Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA) chair Rod Waldman said that SAA is very excited to deliver to its community its future airport.

"Our entire focus throughout this project has been to provide a higher level of service, comfort and efficiency," Waldman added.

"With the completion of Phase 1, three new gates will be operational and capable of holding international bridge flights."

SAA president and CEO Stephen Maybury said that at minimum there is still 12 months of construction to complete the project.

"This time next year we will be looking forward to the grand opening," Maybury added.

The expansion project, which was commenced in 2012, will primarily focus on the post security area, and will double the area of the existing terminal from 139,000ft² to 260,670ft², across two floors.

It will offer new shops, cafes and restaurants, a children’s play area and increased seating capacity.

The airport will also be able to handle up to 2 million passengers annually, up from the current 1.4 million.

The expansion is completely funded by airport revenues including the Airport Improvement Fee (AIF), and no debt will be incurred by this project.