Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) opened the first phase of a $19.4 million project to expand the lower passenger departure lounge.

The success and growth of Victoria International Airport (YYJ) over the past five years was the catalyst for VAA to respond to the strong passenger growth and the use of larger aircraft in existing markets.

“This is really exciting for us and we look forward to sharing a fresh new space with our travellers,” said Geoff Dickson, VAA President and CEO. “Ensuring we meet demand and provide an exceptional passenger experience while improving operational efficiencies for our air carriers is a key focus.”

Phase One includes:

  • A 1765 m2 addition to the lower passenger departure lounge with capacity for 500 passengers
  • Dedicated aircraft gates and covered walkways
  • New Fresh Cup Café and Bistro
  • New seating and accessibility considerations

Phase Two begins immediately and involves renovating the existing space, building new washroom facilities, enhancing retail and new public art. Phase Three will expand food and beverage.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience so far and look forward to completion in spring 2020.” said Dickson.

The Offices of McFarlane Biggar (OMB) Architects in Vancouver is leading the design team and Victoria based Durwest Construction Management (DCM) is managing the project.
YYJ is the 11th busiest airport in Canada with over 2.0 million passengers per year and was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and was twice named ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International (ACI). Victoria is well served with more than 100 daily flights throughout North America.