New Winnipeg terminal open for travellers

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 PM ET

WINNIPEG ó After a lengthy delay, the city's new airport terminal is set to open to travellers Sunday.

The $585-million terminal at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport will open more than a year after problems with pipes beneath the facility were discovered.

The old terminal will receive its last flight late Saturday night. The first passengers to use the new terminal are scheduled to board a 5:10 a.m. Air Canada flight to Toronto on Sunday.

Construction started on the new parkade and roadways in 2005 and on the new terminal building in 2008.

The 51,000-square-metre terminal will offer up big improvements in passenger flow, amenities and space. The old 35,000-square-metre terminal is slated for demolition.

The new terminal is built to expand, with both ends of the terminal designed to take on additions of new passenger gates, if required.

The outgoing terminal made headlines earlier this fall when Heritage Winnipeg announced an 11th-hour desire to save the 46-year-old example of mid-century Modernism from the wrecking ball. However, the Winnipeg Airports Authority had tried and failed for years to find anyone interested in redeveloping the old building.

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