We are encouraged by the news that the Government of New Brunswick has approved its commitment for the Fredericton International Airport’s terminal expansion & renovation project. The airport authority continues to work with the federal government to confirm the remainder of the funding required to launch construction. We remain optimistic that this critical project will be launched in the near future.
The Terminal Expansion & Renovation is a $30-million project which will expand, upgrade, and modernize the Fredericton International Airport (YFC). The terminal was initially designed to handle 200,000 passengers a year, and after 8 consecutive years of record-breaking growth, the terminal is well beyond this, with almost 398,000 passengers travelling through YFC in 2017.
In addition to the ongoing economic impact of airport operations, the construction project is expected to create 572 FTE (full time equivalent) jobs, $22.8 million in GDP, and $4.5 million in tax revenue for government.
The expansion will increase the size of the terminal by 50%, and benefits to travellers when the project is complete include:
- Improved flow of passengers through the airport.
- Additional ticket counters.
- More energy efficient; geothermal heating & cooling source; higher building envelope insulation; LED lighting. More natural light.
- Improved security screening area.
- Enhanced food service, including larger kitchen.
- Departures area will be larger and more comfortable, with:
- Food service & café area
- Children’s play area
- Additional seating
- Additional washrooms
- Covered corridors to airplanes for most domestic traffic.