Planning is underway to replace the main terminal building at the Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport. The new terminal building will provide improved public spaces, baggage systems, concessions, airport operations and improved accessibility.
Overall, travellers will notice an improved passenger experience and an airport that better fits the needs of various users.
- The existing air terminal building was built in 1958.
- The new terminal building will provide opportunities for economic development in the Beaufort Delta Region, through local contrac.
- The air terminal building replacement is budgeted at $30 million.
- Public meetings/presentations to the community were held in September 2016, January and February 2020 to gather feedback to better inform the design decisions, keep the community informed and give residents the opportunity to ask questions.
- Design phase is expected to be finalized in 2020.
- Construction is expected to be completed by 2023.
Airfield improvements and repairs will increase the resiliency of the airport to the effects of climate change and help protect the permafrost below the airport. The runway and taxiway embankments will be widened and surface repairs and drainage improvements will help direct water away from vulnerable areas.
- In 2019, $22 million in funding was announced by the Government of Canada and the GNWT.
- The federal contribution comes from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF).
- DMAF is a $2-billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, permafrost degradation, earthquakes and droughts.
- Design phase is expected to be finalized in fall 2020.
- Construction is expected to be completed by October 2022.