Projects and planning

YLW is expanding the airport to better meet the needs of our growing region. Our multi-year expansion plans include our largest terminal expansion to date, fully serviced lots for light industrial and commercial business, new parking options, safety and sustainability upgrades, and much more.

Between 2019 and 2029, YLW will invest over $270 million in upgrades to airport infrastructure. The expansion is funded through airport revenues and Airport Improvement Fees and is not funded by tax dollars.

Project information

Learn more about existing and future projects that will contribute to a more efficient and enjoyable passenger experience at YLW and include:

Airport Terminal Building Expansion

In 2019, YLW began Phase 1 and 2 to design a new south terminal building.

Phase 1 includes:

  • expanded Departures Lounge to improve connections to aircraft gates and increase food and beverage options
  • expanded security screening area to reduce the time it takes to clear security
  • new direct access to south gates for departing and arriving passengers
  • improved wayfinding

Phase 2 includes:

  • expanded terminal building for relocated domestic arrivals area with new baggage carousels
  • repurposed existing arrivals area to accommodate larger area for international arrivals and CBSA
  • further expansion of the Departures Lounge to increase capacity
  • relocated rental car, shuttle and tourism booths

In spring 2022, YLW will begin enabling works for the ATB expansion.

Terminal Building Roof Replacement

We're replacing the roof on the terminal building as it has reached end-of-life. Roof work will continue over several phases, and once complete, 48,000 square feet of roofing will be replaced.

Upgrades include:

  • A new roof and waterproof membrane
  • Upgrades to insulation to improve energy savings
Biosecurity Testing Facility – In Progress

The Biosecurity Testing Facility project will invest in infrastructure that will enable onsite testing to address health safety risks to passengers, employees and the community. In addition, this project will improve the passenger experience moving through the airport with improved signage, flow and processes. 

This first phase of the project is now underway with the focus on improvements to baggage handling.

Airside Pavement Rehabilitation – In Progress

Over the next 10 years, YLW will complete airside rehabilitation work to ensure continued operation of the airport.

  • Design and construction will start in 2019 and continue until 2029
  • Upgrades to end-of-life pavement surfaces on the airfield, aprons, taxiways and runway.
Airport Way Improvements – Complete

Construction work to improve pedestrian access for passengers and employees is now complete!

In 2019, we widening the sidewalk from the arrivals area to the west parking lot and relocated the designated smoking area away from the terminal building.

As part of these upgrades, this year, we'll be adding a shelter to the smoking area and installing additional bike racks.

Electric vehicle charging stations – Complete

Electric vehicle charging stations are now at YLW.

In June 2019, four new electric vehicle charging stations were installed at the Cell Phone Waiting Area, located off Airport Way.

Two fast charging stations can charge a compact electric vehicle in about a half an hour, as compared to a Level-2 station that requires about three to four hours.

Learn more about electric vehicle charging and rates on our Parking page.

Long-term Parking Lot Expansion – Complete

In 2019, work began to develop new parking areas to accommodate more vehicle parking at the airport.

All parking lot expansion work is expected to be complete in Spring 2020.

The expansion includes:

  • 600 new parking stalls for use by valet
  • paving 500 existing spaces that are currently gravel
  • installation of new LED lighting, security cameras and phone stations