October 22, 2013 12:08 pm

Phase one expansion at Saskatoon airport complete

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SASKATOON – Phase one of the Saskatoon airport expansion project is ready for the public.

The new area at John G. Diefenbaker International Airport will officially open to passengers on Wednesday.

It’s part of the $53 million expansion at the airport that will feature eight bridges and three ground load position when completed in fall 2014.

“We are very excited to deliver to our community its future airport,” said Rod Waldman, chair of the Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA).

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

Once complete, the expansion will nearly double the space of the existing terminal. The entire project is funded by airport revenues and no debt will be incurred by the project.

Travelers will also have more food choices once they pass through screening.

The SAA announced on Tuesday Eurest Dining Services was awarded a 12-year agreement to provide food and beverage services in the terminal.

Three new food venues will be located post-security including a Tim Horton’s Express, quick service outlet ‘On The Go’ and ‘John D’s’ bar and grill with seating for 190 people.

They are expected to be operational by late December.

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