Travelers' Haven

Travelers' Haven Ottawa works to create an airport terminal that reflects the vibrant city it calls home By Lindsay M. Hitch, Assistant Editor August 2001 OTTAWA—Privatization of Canada’s airports has allowed the Ottawa...

A Work in Progress

MapConstruction on the new terminal at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport began May 18, just to the north of the existing terminal. The project will be completed in three phases, with the last stage set to be finished in 2020.

The first phase, to be completed in 2004, consists of a new terminal building connected to the existing facility. This project includes 16 gates, a 1700-stall parking garage, and a new roadway system.
Plans include two skywalks from the third level of the parking garage to the second level of the terminal. Travelers with baggage will check in on the third floor, while those with only carry-on luggage will have the option of electronic check-in, heading straight to security.
"So if you’re a business traveler, you can park on level three of the parking garage, walk directly across, grab your boarding pass at one of the automated kiosks, go directly through security, and you bypass all of this [ticket counters]," explains John Spinks, vice president of business development and marketing.
The second phase is scheduled for completion in 2010, and will entail demolition of the older terminal and expansion of the new terminal to the south as well as additional parking.
The third phase will add terminal space to the north end by 2020.
Cost was a large factor in settling on a design, explains president and CEO Paul Benoit. "A lot of consultation took place with the community in terms of where we were going and we looked at three or four options. And again, we get no government funding."
The project is expected to cost $300 million (Canadian) and is being funded entirely through a $10/ticket Airport Improvement Fee added to the ticket price and collected by the airlines.

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