Concept designs to propel the city's airport into the 21st century were finalized, city manager Scott Hildebrand announced today.
The city said the multi-million dollar investment in the terminal at the Brandon Municipal Airport will address many of the space and comfort issues that have emerged in the months since WestJet began operating a daily Calgary-Brandon route last year.
When complete, the airport terminal will be approximately 300% the size of the current building’s footprint.
"Since securing scheduled passenger air service from WestJet in 2013, we’ve known that the city’s airport terminal needed improvement to better meet the airline’s current needs and also prepare us for future growth," Hildebrand said.
"Though we undertook some minor cosmetic work on the terminal in 2013 to improve the experience for WestJet passengers in the short-term, there are obvious deficiencies with the building’s limited space.
Brandon’s position in the air service industry has changed, and our proposed terminal expansion will ensure that we will be able to meet not only our current needs, but our future needs for at least the next decade."
The City of Brandon used the services of Prairie Architects Inc. and AirBiz to complete the 2014 terminal re-development designs, as both firms had assisted in a 2008 redevelopment study of the airport.
"The scope of the previous proposed terminal expansion didn’t reflect the current reality of landing a Q400 aircraft, and also didn’t factor in the needs of our partners at NavCanada, Transport Canada, CATSA and WestJet," said city of Brandon director of transportation services Tim Sanderson.
"By re-engaging Prairie Architects Inc. and AirBiz, and also ensuring our partner’s need were considered, the result is a proposal which vastly improves baggage handling and security flow and ensures we meet industry service standards."
Among the highlights of the airport terminal’s re-development plan include:
— A dedicated check-in area that can accommodate self check-in kiosks;
— Additional security queuing area; with improved baggage flow to baggage handling area and additional space for repack;
— A spacious boarding lounge, complete with a concession area, proper washroom facilities, seating for 104 individuals, and the ability to accommodate a 737 aircraft;
— A separate arrivals area, complete with a new baggage carousel;
— A baggage handling process which allows for improved connectivity for both departing and arriving baggage;
— Improved network connectivity via a fibre optic installation project The entire project’s estimated cost is between $7.3 and $8.3 million (including the fibre connectivity project).
Funding for the re-development will actively be sought from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba and also provided for via City of Brandon’s capital funding program.
"With our airport terminal re-development plans now in hand, we stand at the ready to submit an application to the Government of Canada’s Building Canada Plan as soon as applications can be submitted," Hildebrand said.
"We’ll also continue to emphasize the importance of the terminal’s redevelopment to our provincial partners and, with any luck, we will be able to begin construction on this very important project as soon as funding is in place."
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