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ROW International Airport approved for $44M facelift

The airport has signed on two new airlines, and will soon be in need of more space
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The Region of Waterloo International Airport will be getting a $44-million dollar facelift to prepare itself for an increase of about a million travellers over the next three years.

Councillor Tom Galloway told Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS this is because the airport has signed on two new airlines, and will soon be in need of more space.

"Flair Airlines is going to do 11 flights a day eventually and Pivot Airlines.. right now we're anticipating passengers will go up to 800,000 annually by the end of this year or the end of next year."

He added the upgrades will give the airport more baggage handling capacity.

"We don't have nearly enough baggage handling. We're going to have baggage handling for both International and domestic flights, which we currently have some difficulty with. The departure lounges are going to be the major addition, with the portable relocatable buildings that are being proposed."

Galloway said Flair Airlines is the first Canadian ultra-low cost carrier.

"We've seen in the United States and Europe how successful these ultra-low cost carriers have been. They are in some respect kind of taking over the market. Flair is the first in Canada and they want to make our Airport the Eastern hub."

He said there are also plans to double the number of staff working at the airport over the next two years. 

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