The Nanaimo Airport held a grand opening on February 28 of its recently completed boarding lounge and security area. The completed $15-million terminal expansion project included a 14,000-square-foot building addition. Mike Hooper and Nanaimo Airport Commission members, as well as community dignitaries, were there to get a tour of the terminal and celebrate its completion.
The construction started in 2018 and represents the first phase of a 20-year plan. As passenger demand grows at YCD, additional modules will be built allowing for easy expansion.
The bright facility has floor-to-ceiling windows, taking advantages of the views and natural light, creating a comfortable and spacious setting for guests. The expansion has seating now for over 300 people, more than double its earlier capacity, with the ability to expand to a total of 550 passengers.
The new dedicated security area has a future capacity to screen 1000 people per hour, up from 100 per hour. Passenger growth is six years ahead of projections, over 490,000 passengers in 2019.