This morning the City of Kingston celebrated the grand opening of Kingston Airport’s newly extended runway and expanded terminal, now featuring limestone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of nearby Lake Ontario.
New enhancements include in-seating phone and tablet charging, private workstations, a baggage carousel, improved restrooms, touch screens kiosks with information about things to see and do in the area, electric vehicle charging stations, WIFI, and additional food and drink options.
The airport also added improved accessibility, including an elevator, accessible seating, and new universal and barrier-free washrooms.
“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 t a bright, contemporary space that truly positions Kingston as a smart, leading city,” he added.
Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Mark Gerretsen, and representatives from Air Canada were also on hand for the grand opening.
Today we celebrated the opening of the expanded #ygk airport! These changes are more than a renovation, it signals where we're headed as a community! This bright, contemporary space truly positions Kingston as smart, leading city! This is just the start of exciting developments! pic.twitter.com/s43up4LbDu
— Bryan Paterson (@MayorPaterson) July 5, 2019
“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.
Additional updates planned in coming months include installing a large video wall to feature art, economic development and tourism messaging. A new Kingston Airport website will also go online with the option for customers to purchase carbon offsets for their flight.
“Air travel is a necessity for many,” said acting CAO Lanie Hurdle. “So we will to ensure that we provide people with the opportunity to balance their travel needs with their environmental ethics.”
Later in the year, Kingston Airport will host an event for the community who will be invited to walk, run, bike, or roller blade on the new runway.
Update: Grand Opening video posted by the City of Kingston:
Image (cropped) | video: City of Kingston