Airport Improvements

In 2016 the Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors approved a 20-year Master Development Plan for the terminal building. The expansion project fulfills three critical priorities for the Commission: regional economic development; economic stimulus through infrastructure construction; and meeting escalating demand for air service through the next decade. The project will increase the passenger seating area in our departure lounge and provide increased security screening capacity. The groundbreaking for the Terminal Expansion Project was held on April 17, 2018 and the project was completed in February 2020.

Building for the Future

The Nanaimo Airport Commission Board of Directors approved a 20-year Master Development Plan for the Air Terminal Building in 2016. This plan addresses three critical priorities for the Commission:

  • Regional economic development
  • Economic stimulus through infrastructure construction
  • Meeting escalating demand for air service through the next decade

Terminal Expansion

This $14.5 million expansion was the first phase of the 20-year Master Plan for the Nanaimo Airport Air Terminal Building. This project has added 14,000 sq. ft. of space, increasing the current footprint by approximately 60%, providing additional comfort and convenience for travelers.

The Benefits

Bathed in Natural Light

Glass walls allow for ample natural light to enter the building for a more calming experience. The design showcases the natural beauty of mountains, trees and sky of Vancouver Island. The design will enhance your travel experience while getting you to or from your flight as efficiently as possible.

Spacious and Comfortable

You will experience a roomier, more spacious feel, even at peak times. You will find easy access to air carriers, information services and security. Free wifi is available to keep you in touch with your world, and charging stations are available to keep your devices at full power.

 

The Federal and Provincial governments have both supported this project, with each investing $2.46 million from the Building Canada Fund. Additional expansion to the Terminal Building will be completed as passenger volumes warrant and additional funding is secured.

20-Year Master Plan

Terminal Expansion Project