Brandon airport terminal to get major upgrades

Brandon’s airport terminal is getting millions of dollars’ worth of upgrades.

Brandon airport terminal to be expanded to accommodate more passengers

This conceptual drawing from the City of Brandon shows what part of the new Brandon airport terminal will look like after it is renovated and expanded. (City of Brandon)

Brandon’s airport terminal is getting millions of dollars’ worth of upgrades.

The Brandon Municipal Airport is being renovated to accommodate more passengers and enhance safety, according to provincial officials.

Premier Greg Selinger and Mayor Shari Decter Hirst made the joint announcement in Brandon on Tuesday, saying the City of Brandon and provincial government would be contributing up to $2.9 million each.

The federal government has also committed to spending the same amount.

The airport terminal will also get a “substantial increase in amenities,” according to provincial officials.

"It also gives us the opportunity to then begin to focus business development around the airport in terms of transportation facilities, cargo warehousing and of course more hotels and restaurants,” said Decter Hirst. “It's going to be very, very good news for Westman.”

With the new renovations and upgrades, the terminal will be able to accommodate more than 100 passengers.

She said the upgrades will hopefully lead to more options for travellers.

"There's a very, very solid business case for flights going east,” she said. “And also, frankly, for more flights going west as well.”

The money comes as part of the province’s major infrastructure investment, promised at the same time the NDP hiked the provincial sales tax to 8 per cent in the province last year.