CALGARY – On Monday, Global News took a tour through the massive new terminal currently being built at the Calgary International Airport.
The International Facilities Project is the airport’s single largest expansion, and will have new Canada and U.S. customs facilities and 22 additional aircraft gates. It is expected to open in October 2015, and will be almost two million square feet.
“We all come out here and go ‘wow, it’s tremendous!'” says Don Edwards, GM of the International Facilities Project. “We are very excited, it’s going according to plan.”
So far more of the granite has been installed along with over 660 kilometres of radiant tubing to heat the building.
It will also be the first airport in North America to use the ‘call to gate’ system, where passengers gather in one place before learning where they will board their plane.
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“It’s more efficient,” Edwards explains. “Instead of having large holding rooms at every gate we have one hold room that will accommodate all passengers.”
60,000 square feet of shops and services will be added around the holding areas.
“Probably the most important thing for us is to always ensure the passenger experience is exceptional, and with the new terminal we want to make sure we take that up another notch,” says spokesperson Jody Moseley.
They have already had lots of interest from retailers, and are working to ensure each of the new shops fills a niche.