Iqaluit's new $300M airport opens today

After three years and $300 million, Iqaluit's new airport officially opens Wednesday morning. At eight times the size of the original, the new terminal could serve Nunavut for the next 50 years.

'Everything is actually working the way it's supposed to,' says Iqaluit airport director

Iqaluit's new airport opens Aug. 9 after three years of construction. (Sara Frizzell/CBC)

A sign will go up at Iqaluit's iconic yellow airport Wednesday morning directing anyone who hasn't heard the news to the new terminal down the way.

Kenojuak Ashevak's iconic Enchanted Owl graces one of the interior walls. (Sara Frizzell/CBC)

After three years, a $300 million construction project had resulted in a new terminal eight times the size of the original  — large enough to serve Nunavut for the next 50 years. The money was split between the new terminal building and overhauling air-side operations, including runway upgrades and new lights.

The new terminal includes more seating and lots of glass. (Sara Frizzell/CBC)

"Everything is actually working the way it's supposed to and we're hoping it's going to be a big success," said John Hawkins, director of the Iqaluit International Airport.

Duffell wall hangings from around the territory are also on display. (Sara Frizzell/CBC)

The new terminal is more spacious than the old one, and it has more services, including a cafe, a store and a lounge. The official opening ceremony will be held next month.

Iqaluit's old airport terminal was completed in the late 1980s, and won't be disappearing just yet. (John Van Dusen/CBC News)

It's not quite goodbye for the old yellow building. Hawkins told CBC last month it will continue to house flight services and some government offices, and is scheduled for renovations.

Reach the new terminal by turning on to Ungalliqpaat Crescent, close to the Baffin Correctional Centre, on Federal Road.


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