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  • Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE)

    Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE)

    Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE)
    Budget:  $1.9M
    Project Start:  January 2020

    Substantially Complete:  November 2020

    Through the use of non-proprietary software and hardware, CUTE systems allow passenger processors like the check-in counters and the gate counters to be used by any airline at any time rather than having groups of dedicated counters fitted with carrier-specific equipment.  This system offers a high degree of flexibility operationally for both the airport as well as the airlines.


    • All arrivals/gate positions are fully deployed.
    • Operational burn-in period has successfully passed.
    • Final fail-over testing will occurred mid November.
    • Air carriers are now providing final sign-off on installation.
    • Minor deficiencies are being addressed.
    • Work for Alaska Airlines and Air Transat will not be completed until they resume air service.

     With the exception of fail-over test, this project is substantially complete.

  • Parking Equipment 2020

    Parking Equipment 2020

    Parking Equipment 2020
    Budget:  $2.6M
    Project Start:  July 2020
    Completion:  December 2020

    This project proposes to replace the 2004 vintage parking control system used to manage entry and exit from the staff, hourly and daily lots as well as for payment collection at the public lots.  The existing system has aged out from an information technology standpoint as well as from a physical equipment perspective. The system will be replaced with modern equipment that can leverage new technologies and improve revenue streams.

    Significant Developments:

    • A Request for Proposal (RFP) for this project was issued in mid-January and closed at the end of February. 
    • Costing was presented to the Board in March per the business case for the project.
    • Management worked with the preferred vendor (Precise Parklink) to create a phasing plan that would allow the project to be 100% complete in 2020 as initially planned but with a deferral on payment of a portion of the costs to 2021.
    • BDG Contracting is a Vancouver=based parking systems contractor that will be providing project management for VAA on this project.
    • Project is now substantially complete with all systems now in operation.
    • Working through minor deficiencies at this time.


    • Project kick-off meeting took place early in September.
    • Equipment arrived onsite at the end of November with installation following immediately after.
    • The system was operational for Christmas.
    • The project was on budget.
  • Light Fleet Renewal 2020

    Light Fleet Renewal 2020
    Budge: $400K
    Project Start:  January 2020
    Completion:  October 2020

    Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) maintains a fleet of 25 light vehicles for operational activities ranging from administration to day to day task like mowing and line painting.  From time to time these vehicles need to be replaced.  This procurement will replace four (4) light trucks and acquire one (1) electric vehicle.

    Four vehicles that were in production queue pre-pandemic are still in the queue once manufacturing resumes.  The electric vehicle procurement has been deferred.

  • Airside Pavements 2020

    Airside Pavements 2020
    Budget:  $1.5M
    Revised Budget:  $725K
    Project Start:  Summer 2020
    Completion:  August 2020

    Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) has an ongoing pavement restoration and rehabilitation program to ensure safe aircraft operations on VAA aircraft maneuvering surfaces.  This years activities will primarily be directed towards taxiway restorations.

    The scope of this project was reduced to complete critical restorations only and all works for 2020 have been completed.  The balance of  project work will be undertaken in 2022 subject to financial conditions improving.

  • Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

    Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

    Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion
    Total Est. Cost:  $19.9M
    Completed in  August 2020

    In response to growth in passenger traffic, up-gauging of aircraft and the need to improve the safe operation of the apron and hold room, work was approved to create a building addition to meet a new state of operations.  The LHRX projects is a 1765m2 addition to the lower passenger departure lounge creating space to accommodate all ground load passenger traffic for the next decade and beyond including the addition of another gate position.

    Principle drivers include:  improving operational safety and efficiency for hold room operations; providing sufficient ground load capacity for both seating and serving passengers now and into the future; provide sufficient floorplate to allow additional revenue opportunities with the space.

    Design features and amenities include:

    • Minimizing walking distances to aircraft;
    • covered walkways on aprons;
    • segregated gates with a one-podium, one-door, one-aircraft principle;
    • improved ground equipment storage;
    • new premium washroom facilities including pet relief for service animals and universal;
    • family room;
    • expanded food and beverage and additional retail; and
    • basement.

    Phase (1) One - Complete

    • Occupancy was granted on the new expanded lower passenger departure lounge and Go-Live was achieved the morning of September 19, 2019.  This completes Phase One.
    Phase (2) Two commenced October 2019 and involves new washroom block, vertical circulation core to the basement and finishes in existing lower passenger departure lounge. 
    The project commenced on January 15, 2018.  There were three primary phases of work.  The first phase being the main lower passenger departure lounge expansion to the north over 20 months.  Phase One was completed September 19, 2019. Phase Two involved the new washroom block and vertical circulation core to the basement and finishes to existing holdroom.  This was completed July 31, 2020.  Phase (3) Three included demolition to support the F&B improvements. Work is wrapping up in this area and portions of the finishing of the basement has been deferred due to COVID-19.   The LHRX project is now substantially complete.

    You can view previous weeks' videos on YouTube here and more progress pictures in our Photo Gallery.



  • Acquire ARFF Vehicle

    Acquire ARFF Vehicle

    Acquire ARFF Vehicle 2019
    Total Est. Cost:  $1.1M
    Start Date:  March 2019
    Completion:  Late April - Early May 2021

    This project will acquire a medium sized Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle to provide a second front line vehicle when one of the large ARFF vehicles is out of service.

    Drafting of specifications and the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents is complete.  The RFP was sent to the top three suppliers in North America.  The RFP closed May 31, 2019 and Rosenbauer America was the successful proponent.

    These vehicles have a very long lead time.  The vendor has revised the production schedule forecast:  December 2020 production start with late Quarter (1) 2021 or early Quarter (2)  delivery date.  Delay in production start and completion due to supply chain issues directly related to COVID-19, including suppliers as well as manufacturing staff.