Inuvik Mike Zubko Airport Improvement Projects

Replacement of the air terminal building

 

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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 contracts.
  • The Government of Canada is investing $31.5 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada plan, and the Government of the Northwest Territories is providing $10.5 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.
  • Construction is expected to be completed by 2025.

Airfield improvements and repairs

 

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.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing $16.5 million in this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), and the Government of the Northwest Territories is providing $5.5 million.
  • 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.
  • Construction is expected to be completed by 2023.

Runway extension

 

The runway at the Inuvik Airport will be extended to support the Department of National Defence’s Forward Operating Location.

Quick Facts

  • The project scope includes extending the runway by 3,000 feet to a total length of 9,000 feet, and modernizing the lighting, navigational and military aircraft landing system.

  • This project is funded by the Department of National Defence with up to $150 million over five years.
  • This investment will allow the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Forward Operating Location to support a greater variety of military aircrafts for RCAF and NORAD operations.
  • This project is expected to create economic opportunities for the region throughout construction.
  • Construction is expected to be completed by 2025.