A new state-of-the-art terminal building at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Canada will open in 2010.

A larger proportion of the $585m construction work has already been completed.

The new terminal building will also act as an observation lounge, where passengers will be able to watch landings or take-offs from any part of the building.

The terminal will be 70% energy efficient by implementing pipes that carry hot liquid to heat the floors, and holes that will spread air in passenger areas to create an air curtain about 2m high.

The departure section on the 2nd floor will be completely segregated from the arrival areas on the first floor in an attempt to ease passenger congestion.

The current terminal building will be demolished sometime in 2010 or 2011 once the new terminal becomes operational.