June 1, 2014 1:35 pm

Astronaut Chris Hadfield among those celebrating Fort McMurray’s new airport terminal

The Canadian Snowbirds put on quite the show in Fort McMurray to mark the opening of the community's new airport terminal Saturday, May 31, 2014.

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EDMONTON – Astronaut and beloved Canadian Chris Hadfield was in attendance Saturday night as Fort McMurray celebrated the opening of its new airport terminal.

As one of the fastest growing airports in Canada, the Fort McMurray International Airport saw nearly 1.2 million passengers pass through its door in 2013.

The new $258-million facility will be able to accommodate more flights and features 16 retail and food & beverage outlets.

While the airport doesn’t officially open until June 9, an air show and gala were held in Fort McMurray Saturday to celebrate its opening.

Spectators were treated to demonstrations from the Canadian Forces Skyhawk, a CF-18, and the Snowbirds.

WATCH: Raw video of Fort McMurray’s air show

Hadfield was the master of ceremonies for the gala, and sat down with Shaw Television’s Doug Roxburgh to talk about how he reached his dreams.

WATCH: Chris Hadfield shares his experiences as a pilot and astronaut

Hadfield continues to tour public schools, sharing his experiences in hopes that the next generation of Canadians will one day reach their dreams too.

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