PENTICTON, BC, March 12, 2018 /CNW/ - The Penticton Airport has experienced significant growth in air traffic over the past three years as more people make their homes and do business in the region.
Today, Transport Canada awarded a $6,447,000 contract to Ledcor Construction Ltd. to modernize and enhance key areas of the Penticton Airport Terminal Building to accommodate this increased traffic and improve safety, security and the overall passenger experience. The construction work is anticipated to begin in spring 2018 and will take two years to complete.
The project will reconfigure the main concourse; create space for an expanded arrivals hall, baggage claim area and new food service space; build new airline check-in counters, offices and new rental car kiosks; and add an additional set of washrooms. In addition, the existing pre-board screening room, holdroom and baggage storage areas will be expanded.
This project builds on the recent holdroom expansion during spring 2016 that doubled the seating capacity, accommodating the significant growth in aircraft movements. The holdroom seating capacity will again be expanded during this project, making it more wheelchair accessible.
"The number of passengers and aircraft using the Penticton Airport in the last two years has grown rapidly. In 2014, we invested $7.53 million to repave the airport runway and taxiway, as well as expand the airport's passenger holdroom. Today's additional investment will enhance the airport terminal building, and is important for improving airport safety and security at this busy airport that services communities within the South Okanagan."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
- The Penticton Airport Terminal Building has been in service for over fifty years. It is located in the traditional territory of the Penticton Indian Band.
- The Penticton Airport Terminal Building was originally constructed in the early 1960s as a single-story wood framed structure, and was partially renovated and expanded in the early 1990s.
- In 2016, the Penticton Airport handled 26,893 aircraft movements, an 18% increase in air traffic since from 2014. The passenger volume in 2016 has increased 64% since 2014.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Contacts: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700, [email protected] ; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]