Overview of Expansion & Improvement Plan
Passenger traffic has consistently grown at unprecedented rates over the last five years at the St. John’s International Airport, with an annual growth rate of more than double the national average. There were close to 1.5 million passengers who passed through the airport in 2014. As a result of this passenger growth, a 10-year plan was announced in 2014 that includes an investment of $245 million into the airport to expand and enhance facilities in order to accommodate existing and anticipate future passenger traffic volumes. Two of the larger and most significant projects included in the Airport Improvement and Expansion Plan are:
The expansion of the Airport Terminal Building will be conducted in two phases: First phase: east expansion (2014 – 2018), approximately 145,000 square feet. Second phase: west expansion (2018 – 2021), approximately 72,000 square feet.
The first phase, the east expansion is underway and will be completed by 2018. This phase will add approximately 145,000 square feet to the three floors of the existing building and will significantly expand the range of passenger services, especially in the Departures Lounge. The west expansion will commence in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2021. The focus of this 72,000 square foot expansion is on the arrivals area, with more baggage carousals being added, a further expansion to the Departures Lounge, three additional gates and passenger loading bridges, and an expanded Customs and Immigration area. Once complete, the total size of the Airport Terminal Building will be almost 400,000 square feet. The St. John’s International Airport plays a key role as the premier gateway to the province. We’re expanding our facility and services for the two million annual passengers anticipated by 2020. In doing so, we’re building a better YYT.
The Airfield Accessibility and Safety Initiative was a three-year infrastructure project that involved preparing the airfield for the installation and operation of a Category III Instrument Landing Systems (CAT III ILS) by NAV Canada. This technology allows aircraft to land and take-off in conditions of very low visibility; a weather challenge that has had an impact on our Airport’s operations and our region’s reputation for decades. The installation of this technology increases the usability of the airport to 99 per cent, putting it on par with all major airports in Canada. As a result, 700 more flights and 70,000 more passengers will arrive and depart annually without delays or cancellations. St. John’s International is the only Canadian airport that serves less than 10 million passengers annually to employ this technology. This system will be transformational for our airport, and our reputation for being an inaccessible location will be reversed.
For a summary of both projects, click on the brochure below:
The following presentation provides an overview of the 10-Year Improvement and Expansion Plans: Expansion YYT. Building a Better Gateway