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As we enter a new decade, 2020 promises to be an exciting year for YYJ.
The expansion of our lower departures terminal post-security commenced in January 2018 and as the 28-month project completes, our customers will see expanded seating capacity, a new interior design, improved efficiency and passenger flows through dedicated boarding gates, a wonderful new art piece called ‘Time Catcher’ by artist Charles Campbell, increased concessions featuring local coffee roaster Fresh Cup Roastery Café, as well as the introduction of the first craft distillery at a Canadian airport – Victoria Distillers featuring their signature Empress 1908 Gin.
Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) worked with Changing Places and the Rick Hansen Foundation for the expansion project to include a number of special accessibility features such as an airside pet relief station for those travelling with service dogs, new washroom facilities that will include an adult change station with an adjustable changing bench and hoist, braille on lower signage and audio responses at ticket counters.
The project has been an incredible success to date and we thank our customers for their patience during the construction period.
YYJ welcomes ultra-low cost air carrier Swoop this spring with non-stop Winnipeg service five-times weekly. This will be a great addition for travellers, our local community and we welcome visitors to our region.
CNN named Victoria as one of the top 20 places in the world to explore in 2020. We are confident that this acknowledgment will drive tourism to our beautiful city and over the longer term create new non-stop air service markets.
From all of us at Victoria International Airport, we look forward to serving you.
President and CEO
Victoria Airport Authority