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Airport expansion ready for takeoff

Larry Maguire, the Conservative MP for Brandon-Souris, announces that the federal government will commit up to $2.9 million for the expansion of the McGill Field terminal building at the Brandon airport.

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Larry Maguire, the Conservative MP for Brandon-Souris, announces that the federal government will commit up to $2.9 million for the expansion of the McGill Field terminal building at the Brandon airport.

It was long expected, but no less welcome, when the federal government announced this afternoon that it would pick up a one-third share of Brandon's airport terminal expansion.

Both the city and province announced months ago that they would share the other two-thirds of the nearly $8.8 million project, which should expand the terminal at McGill Field to accommodate at least 100 passengers.

The daily WestJet flight, which has been in operation for just under a year, can carry about 90 passengers, and post-security boarding areas have been plagued by overcrowding, despite a reconfguration earlier this year.

All three levels of government were on hand for the afternoon announcement.

No timeline was given for when construction might start.

Financial details of the project reveal that the province and the federal government will each commit $2.9 million to the project, with the city kicking in a little extra: $2.98 million. The city is also on the hook for 100 per cent of any cost overruns or ineligible costs.

 

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