PortsToronto Approves Plan to Upgrade YTZ Pax Terminal
After several months of consultation, PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, has approved plans submitted by Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners, who is the owner and operator of the airport’s passenger terminal, to undertake upgrades and enhancements.
The plans include increasing the terminal’s footprint to accommodate the airport’s growth since 2010, when the terminal was built, and to further enhance its passenger experience.
Specific improvements include reconfiguring offices and administrative areas to accommodate passenger processing needs in anticipation of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility at the airport as previously announced by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama in March.
The enhancement project will also add more space in both passenger lounges, thereby enabling more seating and additional amenities such as retail, food and beverage services.
Overall, the changes will add approximately 2,500 sq. m to the terminal, with the majority of the increase being in the passenger lounges. Nieuport will also add an 11th gate to increase the terminal’s operational flexibility and efficiencies during peak travel periods and weather events.
“Billy Bishop Airport is an award-winning airport that has an international reputation for its convenience and customer experience,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport. “The improvements that are being proposed will take shape in the coming months, and are geared at better accommodating the 2.5 million passengers that travel through the airport each year, as well as further enhancing the world-class experience that is currently offered to passengers by adding more seating, retail and food services, and ultimately preclearance into the U.S.”
The project will get underway later this month and is expected to be completed in 2018.