Travellers arriving and taking off from Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker Airport today will be the first to take advantage of the new terminal expansion project.

'This time next year we will be looking forward to the grand opening' - Stephen Maybury, Saskatoon Airport Authority

Phase I opens to the public today.

The $53-million airport expansion work began in 2012. It will eventually offer passengers more room, new restaurants and retail options, better seating, business stations, a fireplace and children’s play areas.

The new terminal will also features a pier design with eight bridgeable gates and three ground load areas.

“I want to emphasize this is just Phase I of the project,” said Stephen Maybury, President and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority. “At a minimum there is still twelve months of construction to complete the project. This time next year we will be looking forward to the grand opening.”  

Saskatoon’s airport handles more than 1.35 million passengers each year.