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Iqaluit International Airport, Nunavut, Canada

Iqaluit International Airport, located in the city of Nunavut in Canada, will see improvement and renovation works as a part of the airport’s improvement project. The $298.5m project includes expansion and refurbishment of the airport’s facilities.

Construction started in July 2014 and the project is scheduled for completion by late 2017. The project will create a greater number of jobs for the people in the Nunavat region.

The airport is owned by the Government of Nunavut (GN) and operated by the Iqaluit International Airport Division Authority.

Benefits of improving Canada’s Iqaluit International Airport

Iqaluit Airport was opened in the 1940s. The traffic at the airport has been increasing at a rate of five percent per year since 2000. The airport improvement project was initiated to handle the increasing traffic and meet the increasing demands of the passengers.

The project will provide economic support and a better transportation network for the passengers. The airport will be able to handle more flights upon completion of the proposed improvements.

Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project (IIAIP)

The project includes construction of a new Air Terminal Building (ATB) and a new Combined Services Building (CSB).

The ATB will cover an area of 10,000m² and be constructed by widening the main apron, so that more planes can be parked at the apron.

The ATB will feature additional revolving luggage belts, new passenger screening areas, washrooms, a restaurant, a coffee shop and a souvenir shop.

The CSB will store fire-fighting vehicles and heavy equipments for runway maintenance. It will cover an area of 4,500m².

The airport has an 8,605ft long and 2,623m wide asphalt coated runway. The runway will be repaved based on Runway End Safety Areas (RESA) measures from both end sides.

A new taxiway will be constructed to facilitate the increasing number of passengers. The taxiway Alpha will be reopened after some improvements.

The project will also include improvement and upgradation of the garage and the baggage handling systems, and installation of lighting and electrical systems at the airport.

Contractors involved with the IIAIP project

The Government of Nunavut selected a consortium led by Arctic Infrastructure Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the IIAIP project in July 2013.

The consortium will operate the airport for the next 30 years under a contract that was signed in September 2013.

The consortium includes InfraRed Capital Partners, Bouygues Building Canada, Colas Canada and Winnipeg Airports Authority.

Bouygues Building and Colas will jointly manage the design and build aspects for the project. Winnipeg will provide the airport services.

The project model was audited by Operis. Partnerships British Columbia will provide consulting services for the project as per an agreement signed in June 2011.

Financing the improvement project at Canada’s Iqaluit airport

The Government of Harper provided $77.3m for the project under a public-private partnership (P3) in September 2012. The Government of Nunavut will contribute about $68.7m for construction while PPP Canada will fund $72.8m. The remaining amount will be financed by Arctic Infrastructure Partners through debt and equity.


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