Fredericton International Airport (YFC) in New Brunswick, Canada, has completed construction on its terminal expansion project, which includes improved amenities and security as well as additional space for public health precautions such as physical distancing, ensuring the building is ready for the future.
The terminal expansion was needed following record passenger numbers in 2019 when 427,085 travelers used the airport, as well as consistent year-over-year traffic growth, making YFC the fastest-growing airport in the Maritimes between 2010 and 2019 and far exceeding its original capacity of 200,000 passengers per year.
“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be more important than ever for our province to showcase what a tremendous place New Brunswick is to live, work and play. This bright, modern airport will play a key role in our economic recovery,” said Fredericton International Airport Authority (FIAA) president and CEO Johanne Gallant.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic emerged at the mid-point of the project, the terminal expansion was completed under budget and four months ahead of schedule under the leadership of Mathers Project Management Consulting and BIRD Construction.
“Mathers Project Management Consulting and BIRD Construction have done a tremendous job here at YFC, and we are grateful for their dedication and expertise,” commented Mary Goggin, chair of the FIAA Board of Directors. “Their leadership enabled us to keep this project moving throughout the pandemic, employing hundreds of New Brunswickers and preparing our region for the upcoming economic recovery.”
The new terminal offers enhanced food service options from local business Chess Piece Patisserie and Café and features a cafe inside the departures lounge, which will open once air service resumes. When pandemic restrictions are eased, an additional cafe will be open in the arrivals area serving both travelers and the community.
The project also included upgraded male and female washrooms, private washrooms for families or individuals of any gender, and nursing rooms; a children’s play area located next to the cafe in the departures lounge; additional space for air carriers and flexibility to move designated check-in counters as needed; improved security, including appropriate space for security screening lines and additional cameras throughout the building; an airside corridor allowing passengers to exit and enter the building closer to their aircraft; additional space in all areas for passengers, allowing for physical distancing; and upgraded baggage-handling facilities.