With under 20 flights passing through the facility each day, Kingston Airport has had plenty of time to overhaul the property, starting with a terminal makeover and an extension to the pre-existing runway.
The north end of the runway will be extended by 700 feet and the south end by 300 feet, bringing the length of the upgraded runway to a total of 6,000 feet.
The enhanced runway is being built by Doornekamp Construction, and the company is using an outside-the-box approach by utilizing tugboats instead of trucks. Project manager Ben Doornekamp said the tugboats pull aggregate along the shoreline from Picton to Kingston, allowing construction workers to complete the runway extension.
Once complete, the runway will be able to accommodate larger aircraft, said airport manager Rick Reed. The airport plans on welcoming bigger planes such as Q-400s, allowing Kingstonians and residents of the surrounding area to travel to southern vacation spots, said Reed.
The airport’s terminals are also being renovated to modernize their appearance. These upgrades will include local art installations along with added square footage to hold more customers.
The runway extension and terminal makeover are expected to be complete by the end of 2018, but Doornekamp and Reed are hopeful the projects will be finished by late October or early November.