Region of Waterloo airport to double in size in the next six months


  • News   Thu, Oct 21st, 2021   Wilmot Post Staff
Officials put shovels in the ground at the Region of Waterloo airport, which will double in size in the next six months. The regional council recently approved an $11-million project to complete the terminal expansion work. (Photo credit: Karen Redman/Twi


Officials put shovels in the ground at the Region of Waterloo airport, which will double in size in the next six months. The regional council recently approved an $11-million project to complete the terminal expansion work. (Photo credit: Karen Redman/Twi


By Wilmot Post Staff
The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) will double in size in the next six months, accommodating growth that will see passenger traffic increase from 70,000 in 2019 to more than one million in 2022.
The regional council recently approved an $11 million project to complete terminal expansion work at YKF. The project includes the construction of two buildings that will feature baggage carousels, holding areas, food services, retail and pre-board screening.
“It is an exciting time for the region and today is an important milestone as the airport continues to grow and drive a thriving economy,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman in a statement
“Airline partners have recently announced an increase in destinations and frequency of flights, which will move the airport to the next level in world-class service. This will also provide more opportunities for the region in terms of jobs and economic expansion.”
Flair Airlines has been operating out of YKF since May 2021, adding more than 100 jobs to the local economy. Flair is a Canadian, low-cost airline that is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta.
“Flair is extremely proud and excited to be bringing truly affordable fares to the Region of Kitchener-Waterloo and it is wonderful to see the tremendous customer demand for our services from YKF,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO of Flair Airlines.
“The expansion of the airport facilities is a measured and appropriate investment to provide a great customer experience at the airport and we look forward to filling it with happy travellers and to driving continued economic growth in the region.”
Terminal expansion work is expected to be completed in spring next year.