A new baggage claim area at Abbotsford International Airport opened last month. The new area is part of a $5 million expansion of YXX’s terminal. City of Abbotsford image A new baggage claim area at Abbotsford International Airport opened last month. The new area is part of a $5 million expansion of YXX’s terminal. City of Abbotsford image

Abbotsford airport has another expansion in works

Airport could double passenger counts after next phased upgrade, GM says

Abbotsford’s city-owned airport has a $2-million phased expansion for a bagging and screening area on the books.

The airport has seen dramatic growth in recent years, and YXX may break the one million passenger threshold for the first time in 2019. The baggage and screening expansion will enable the airport to accommodate many more passengers over the coming years, general manager Parm Sidhu told council last week.

Money for airport expansions comes from fees and other charges levied by YXX.

Sidhu said the external terminal should be sufficient until the airport closes in on 2.5 million passengers per year. When that time comes, Sidhu says the airport would demolish the administration building to the south and expand in that direction.

The airport recently completed a $5 million expansion that added two new gates and doubled seating capacity in the YXX terminal.

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