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 2023 and 2032, YLW will invest over $355 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:

Airport Terminal Building Expansion

In 2019, YLW began to design a 2 Phase expansion to the south end of the terminal building.

Phase 1 includes:

  • expanded Departures Lounge to improve connections to aircraft gates and increased 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 in order to relocate the domestic arrivals area to the south, including new higher capacity baggage carousels
  • repurposed existing arrivals area to provide a larger area for international arrivals and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • further expansion of the Departures Lounge to increase capacity
  • relocated rental car, shuttle and tourism booths

In fall 2022, YLW began enabling works for the ATB expansion, Phase 1.  YLW plans to start the Phase 1 project in fall 2023 and complete by spring 2026.  Phase 2 is scheduled to start construction in 2036.

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

The work is mostly complete with the remaining section above the airside corridor scheduled for completion in fall 2023.

Biosecurity Testing Facility – Complete

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. 

Airside Pavement Rehabilitation Program – Complete

Over the next 10 years, YLW will complete airside rehabilitation work to ensure continued operation of the airport. This includes upgrades to end-of-life pavement surfaces on the airfield, aprons, taxiways and runway.

2023 Projects:

  • Apron 3
  • Taxiway C
Paving of overflow parking lot - Complete

In June, YLW began work to expand the paved parking surfaces in long-term parking lot B. While construction is being completed, existing space in long-term lot B will be impacted. Please follow directional signage.  Completed in summer 2023.