Victoria International announces US$15m terminal expansion

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Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) has announced it is investing C$19.4m (US$15.3m) over the next 27 months to expand the lower passenger departure lounge at Victoria International Airport in British Columbia, Canada, to meet the growing number of passengers at the airport.

The project includes adding 1,765m² (19,000ft²) to the existing lower passenger departure lounge, providing dedicated aircraft gates and covered walkways, new washrooms, and additional food & beverage and retail.

“The upsizing of aircraft from 30-50-seat Dash-8s to 76-80-seat Q400s, combined with passenger growth, has driven the need to expand our lower passenger departures lounge,” said VAA president and CEO Geoff Dickson. “This is part of a multi-phase terminal and apron expansion plan.

“The need to improve safety on the main aircraft apron, and create efficiencies for passengers entering and exiting the passenger departure lounge, resulted in the airport recently completing an apron expansion that now accommodates the physical space required to expand the glass departure building north and eliminate the existing covered walkway.

“These improvements will not only improve overall safety and operations but will also enhance the airport experience for our customers by providing additional seating, new accessibility considerations and enhanced concessions.”

The Office of McFarlane Biggar (OMB) Architects in Vancouver was selected to lead the design team and Victoria-based Durwest Construction Management (DCM) will manage the project.

By Hazel King

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With over a decade of experience as a business and technology journalist working in B2B publishing, Hazel first joined UKi in 2011. After taking 18 months off to bring up her daughter and try her hand at marketing copywriting, she returned in January 2018 to do what she loves best – magazine editing! She is now the editor of UKi's Passenger Terminal World and Parcel and Postal Technology International magazines.

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