April 20, 2013 1:21 pm

Saskatoon airport expanding to meet travel demand

Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker airport expanding to meet the needs of local and international travellers.

Vytai Brannan / Global News

SASKATOON – Renovations are underway at Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker airport to meet the need of local and international traveller demands.

The Air Terminal Building Expansion is a $53 million project that will bring more gates and hopefully more travellers to Saskatoon.

President and CEO with the Saskatoon Airport Authority Stephen Maybury said the new terminal will help meet the increasing demand for services at the airport.

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“The reality of it is that there is an experience here as our passengers go through. There’s an expectation that that experience will continuously improve. So what we’re doing is dramatically increasing that. We’re taking a huge step forward in resetting the experience,” said Maybury.

The expansion project, which is currently in the first phase of completion, is being paid through airport revenues including the airport’s improvement fee.

Maybury said the project is on schedule and he expects the project to stay within the budget.

The new terminal will boast 8 new gates and a variety of different food, beverage and retail services.

The completed terminal will be nearly double the size of what it is currently.

Phase one expected to be complete by September 2013 and phase two by the following year.

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