The City of Kingston has announced a $16.1 million upgrade to expand Kingston ‘Norman Rogers’ Airport terminal is set to begin.
Work to extend its runway from 5,000 to 6,000 feet – as well as 300 feet being added at its south end and 700 feet on its north end – will start later this spring. The airport will remain open throughout construction, all of which are anticipated to be completed in late 2018.
Runway lighting willalso be upgraded with new approach lighting system being installed with a portion of it embedded in the runway. New LED airfield guidance signs will be installed and existing runway-edge lights will be upgraded to energy efficient LED bulbs.
“This expansion will help us realize the economic advantages associated with a larger airport and enhanced passenger air services,” said Kingston Airport manager Rick Reed in a City release. “The expanded terminal more than doubles our passenger capacity and the extended runway makes us more capable and flexible. We plan to keep our passengers comfortable during construction and well into the future.”
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Mayor Bryan Paterson said he is pleased that work is underway, adding “Part of being a smart and livable 21st century city is making it as easy as possible to travel to and from Kingston. This expansion will benefit both residents and visitors to Kingston and will provide an important boost for our local economy!”
The airport terminal will be expanded and reconfigured to increase passenger accommodation to 103 passengers from the 30-40 it can accomodate currently.
Improvements include Check-in, baggage processing and delivery systems that can comfortably handle peak demand, enhanced accessibility features, and better energy efficiency.
The need to expand the airport was first identified in the 2007 Airport Master Plan and the requirement for a longer runway was affirmed by the 2012 Kingston Airport Business Case for Expansion. The expansion was set by City Conucil as a priority in the 2015-18 Strategic Plan.
More information about the expansion, including renderings of the new terminal building, can be found at this City of Kingston page.
Image (cropped) source: City of Kingston