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 terminal expansion project will expand the passenger departure lounge toward the current apron. The groundbreaking for the Terminal Expansion Project was held on April 17, 2018 and the project has an expected completion date of 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

The first phase of the 20-year Master Plan is a $15-million expansion of the Nanaimo Airport Air Terminal Building. This project will add 14,000 sq. ft. of space, increasing the current footprint by approximately 60%, providing additional comfort and convenience for travellers. The project began in the spring of 2018 and has an expected completion date of early 2020.

The Benefits

Spacious, Bathed in Natural Light, Calming.

Those will be your first impressions as you enter the expanded Nanaimo Airport Terminal building. Glass walls will allow for ample natural light to enter the building for a more calming experience. The design will enhance your travel experience while getting you to or from your flight as efficiently as possible.

More Room, Less Hassle

There will be a roomier, more spacious feel, even at peak times, to make it a less stressful experience for you. You will find easy access to air carriers, information services and security. The expanded Departure Lounge will have plenty of room to walk and stretch your legs before your flight. Free wifi will keep you in touch with your world, and charging stations can keep your devices at full power.

Design Keeps Walking to a Minimum

When construction is complete, the Air Terminal Building will be much larger, but everything you need will be within a comfortable distance. The building’s logical layout will be easy to use, and the interior design will be modern, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.

This is currently one of the largest construction projects in central Vancouver Island. 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