Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. Issues Request for Proposals to Lease, Develop and Operate Concessions at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport



    WINNIPEG, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - In support of our mandate of operating
excellent facilities and services, Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. (WAA)
invites the submission of proposals to lease, develop, and operate food and
beverage, retail, and duty free concessions at Winnipeg James Armstrong
Richardson International Airport.
    "To meet the capacity of today and into the future, Winnipeg Airports
Authority has embarked on airport site redevelopment," said Barry Rempel,
President & CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. "Construction of a new air
terminal building and associated infrastructure is underway and issuing the
Request for Proposal for concessions is another step in enhancing the travel
experience."
    The Request for Proposal (RFP) includes more than 25 stores and
restaurants covering approximately 22,000 square feet in the new terminal
building, doubling the current space. To reflect the way in which people are
travelling, 70% of concessions will be located post-security and 30%
pre-security.
    "The goal of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International
Airport concessions program is to enhance quality and value for our
travelers," said Barry Rempel, President & CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority.
"Travelers will not only be greeted with a spacious and modern new facility,
but with the types of food and gifts that reflect the spirit of Winnipeg and
Manitoba."
    Concessions will be selected to present the best mix of local and
national concepts and provide world-class service delivery to the nearly 5
million individuals who visit the airport each year.
    Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2008 with contracts being
awarded by June of 2008. Copies of the RFP are available for download at
www.waa.ca as of Friday, November 16, 2007.

    Winnipeg Airports Authority serves our region by providing value to our
customers and community. A source of pride for our community, we strive to be
a leader in its growth and development.


    
                     AIRPORT SITE REDEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW

    Component                     Specifications                Construction
    Schedule

    - Air Terminal Building       Approximately 51,000 m(2)     2006-09
    - Airside Development         Additional apron and
                                  improvements                  2006-09
    - Groundside Site Services    Roadways, site works          2005-08
    - Central Utilities Building  Technical upgrades and
                                  tunnel                        2007-08
    - Parkade                     4-level, 1,559 stalls         2005-06
                                                                (complete)

    Cost

    - Construction commitment $585 million (project funded through Airport
      Improvement Fee)

    Forecast Manitoba Economic Impact of Airport Redevelopment

    -  Employment                 6,370 person-years
    -  Wages                   $    273 million
    -  GDP:                    $    343 million
    -  Economic output:        $  1.009 billion

    Program Objectives

    - Flexibility and responsiveness to market conditions
    - Phasing
    - Affordability
    - Design excellence

    Planning Criteria: Traffic Volumes

    The current terminal was opened in 1964 when passenger traffic was
approximately 600,000 passengers per year. The Airport Redevelopment Program
has been planned based on forecast 2015 passenger volumes with expandability
to meet forecast 2020 passenger volumes:

    - 2004          3.0 million passengers
    - 2006          3.3 million passengers
    - 2015          4.1 million passengers
    - 2020          4.6 million passengers
      (*)Minimum 1 million meeter/greeters per year

    Customer Convenience

    Airport Redevelopment has been planned to reduce the impact of
construction activities on customers wherever possible. A system of temporary
traffic measures will be in place throughout the construction period. The old
terminal will remain in service until the new facility is 100% operational, to
ensure a smooth transition for all WAA customers, stakeholders and the
community as a whole.
    




For further information:

For further information: Christine Alongi, Director, Communications &
Public Affairs, Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc, 24 Hour Media Line: (204)
992-2791, www.waa.ca

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