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Nanaimo Airport, airlines keeping travellers safe

By | Advisory

Keeping it safe to fly remains Nanaimo Airport’s top priority.

The airport has taken numerous additional precautions to reduce the COVID-19 risk for all airport users, from passengers to workers to family and friends picking up or dropping off loved ones. The airlines serving the central Island also have implemented strict measures to make flying as safe as possible.

Nanaimo Airport’s safety-first environment

“Please know that when our customers are ready to travel we will provide a safety-first environment,” says Nanaimo Airport Commission President and CEO Dave Devana.

The Commission’s already-high safety standards in the Air Terminal Building have been further enhanced. Protective measures include:

  • Additional disinfecting of common use surfaces including bathrooms, counters, vending machines, departure lounge seating, water filling stations and luggage carts.
  • Plexiglas shields at all counters and boarding gates
  • All employees wear masks in the terminal building
  • Encouraging limited terminal access by asking non-passengers to remain outside if possible. If passenger assistance is required, please send only one person into the terminal.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers

Get safety information and share your opinion

You can get more information on how Nanaimo Airport keeps its facilities safe and hygienic at https://www.nanaimoairport.com/covid19/.

Central Islanders can also share their opinions on making air travel even safer. Nanaimo Airport has launched a brief online survey, titled “Attitudes about Air Travel,” at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWY5ZH9. It takes only minutes to complete.

How airlines are protecting you

WestJet and Air Canada are doing everything they can to reduce the COVID-19 risk for travellers at Nanaimo Airport.

They’ve implemented strict plane cleaning regimens before and after each flight. Seating is limited to 60% of capacity to maintain appropriate distancing. All passengers take a temperature check and complete a Transport Canada health check questionnaire before boarding.

Air travelers are required to have a non-medicinal mask or face covering while in the airport and in-flight. Passengers will be asked whether they have a mask or face covering at check-in.

For more information, visit your airline’s website:

Bold, expanded airport terminal welcomes passengers

By | Airport Improvements

Bold, bright and beautiful.

That’s a fitting description for Nanaimo Airport’s Terminal Building expansion, which officially opened in late February. It’s also an apt description for the airport’s future.

The new $14.2-million wing was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Passengers now enjoy an additional 14,000 sq. ft. of modern, airy comfort. The glass walls allow in a flood of natural light while overlooking the runway and the trees and mountains beyond. New comfortable seating provides spacious leg room as well as charging stations for electronic devices. Seating capacity has increased to more than 300, from 140, in the new boarding lounge.

“It’s a great design. It’s bold and speaks to who we are,” says Dave Witty, chair of the Nanaimo Airport Commission’s building committee. “The whole idea was to create a place of comfort for people as they travel.”

The project was made possible with the support of the Building Fund Canada -Small Communities Fund. Infrastructure Canada and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure each invested $2.5 million. Nanaimo Airport Commission invested $9.2 million.

The striking architecture was a collaboration between Office of McFarlane Biggar and the Nanaimo office of Checkwitch Poiron Architects. Island-based Durwest Construction Management managed the project. The company oversaw many local firms and contractors since construction began in 2018

“We’re enhancing the travel experience for the hundreds of thousands of people who make us their airport of choice,” says airport President and CEO Mike Hooper. “At the same time, we’re bringing many other benefits to our communities. Nanaimo Airport is a major economic driver on Vancouver Island and this investment has had a huge impact in our region. We’re the catalyst for thousands of jobs that support Central Island families. And investing in the terminal building helps us attract even more routes to serve the air transportation needs of our region today and for the next generation.”