City celebrates official opening of YGK Airport - City celebrates official opening of YGK Airport
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July 5, 2019 –
Early this morning, the City of Kingston celebrated the grand opening of the newly expanded Kingston Airport terminal and extended runway.
"Just over a year ago, work to modernize the airport began. Transforming a space, while continuing to provide service to the public, presented a unique set of challenges. I thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this process," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. "Today, we're delighted to welcome you back to a bright, contemporary space that truly positions Kingston as a smart, leading city," he added.
Originally built as a simple airstrip in the middle of a grassy field, Kingston Airport rose to prominence in the 1940s when World War II veteran and Member of Parliament, Norman Rogers, transformed it into Canada's first air training school. In the 1970s, the City purchased the airport.
"It was time for us to re-invest in this important economic development asset," said acting CAO Lanie Hurdle. "Airports are a critical infrastructure to support talent, investment, and visitor attraction to our city."
This investment has transformed what was a dated space into a venue that now features:
- improved accessibility, including an elevator, accessible seating, new universal and barrier-free washrooms;
- accents that celebrate Kingston's beauty, such as limestone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of nearby Lake Ontario;
- enhancements to the customer journey that include: in-seating phone and tablet charging, private workstations, a baggage carousel, improved restrooms, touch screens kiosks that provide visitors with information about things to see and do in the area, electric vehicle charging stations, quick and reliable WIFI, and additional food and drink options, including Starbucks coffee.
"This is just the start of exciting developments at Kingston Airport," said Mayor Paterson.
In coming months, public art will be installed, a large video wall to feature art, economic development and tourism messaging will be added, and a new Kingston Airport website will launch. Integrated into this new website will be the option for flyers to purchase carbon offsets for their flight. "Air travel is a necessity for many, and so we will to ensure that we provide people with the opportunity to balance their travel needs with their environmental ethics," said Hurdle.
Representatives from Air Canada attended the grand opening and applauded the City's commitment its customers.
"Air Canada welcomes these recent improvements, and the impacts they will have on our customers' journey. Not only have there been significant changes to the terminal building and the runway but there's also fresh focus on the little things that contribute to improving the customer experience — and that's what is really exciting," said Fittipauld Lourenco, director of government relations at Air Canada.
A community-wide event is planned at Kingston Airport later this year, where all Kingstonians will be invited to bring their running shoes, bikes, roller blades to run and roll on the new runway!