Brian Pallister, premier of Manitoba, joined Rick Chrest, mayor of Brandon, and community members to celebrate the completion of the Brandon Municipal Airport expansion project. The representatives also took the occasion to announce new federal-provincial-municipal funding of up to $2.5 million for the replacement of the airport maintenance building.
The airport terminal has been renovated and expanded to three times its former size. Among the many features is a new arrival hall and departure lounge, a dedicated security screening area, as well as check-in, retail, washroom, and office space. Along with upgrades to the mechanical systems, fibre optic cable was installed to improve reliability and increase capacity of airport operations, and the terminal now offers to passengers the convenience of free Wi-Fi for more reliable internet and social media connectivity.
“We are proud of our role in the redevelopment of the Brandon Municipal Airport as this project reflects our commitment to ensuring value for money as we rebuild our provincial infrastructure,” Pallister said. “The expanded airport terminal, along with the additional funding announced today for further upgrades, will enable Brandon to be a competitive force in attracting both business and leisure travelers to conventions, conferences and new sporting and regional events, injecting new dollars into the economy.”
The aging existing maintenance building will be replaced with a larger, more modern building with improved structural features that will greatly increase the safety and efficiency of the space.
“Our expanded airport facility will serve not only the residents of Brandon, but the entire southwestern Manitoba region in its growing desire for closer and more convenient air travel options,” Chrest said. “The much-needed expansion has now elevated Brandon’s capacity as a regional travel hub and we are confident it can be the catalyst for enhanced economic growth and continued prosperity for our region.”
For the Airport Expansion Project, the Government of Canada is contributing up to $2.9 million, while the Government of Manitoba is contributing up to $3.4 million to this project. The City of Brandon is contributing the balance of funding for a total estimated cost of $11.26 million. For the Airport Maintenance Building Replacement Project, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are each providing $833,333. The City of Brandon is also providing $833,333, bringing the total federal-provincial-municipal contribution to $2.5 million.
These projects will contribute to increasing the overall safety and capacity of the airport and operations facilities.