Construction to Double the Size of Region of Waterloo International Airport

Posted on Thursday October 14, 2021

Waterloo Region, ON – Today, Regional Council, as well as airport staff, airline and business partners celebrated the airport’s expansion project that will see Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) double in size in the next six months. This will accommodate growth that will see passenger traffic increase from 70,000 in 2019 to over one million in 2022.

Regional Council recently approved the $11 million dollar project to complete terminal expansion work at YKF. The project includes the construction of two buildings that will feature baggage carousels, holding areas, food services, retail and pre-board screening.

“It is an exciting time for the Region and today is an important milestone as the airport continues to grow and drive a thriving economy,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “Airline partners have recently announced an increase in destinations and frequency of flights, which will move the airport to the next level in world-class service. This will also provide more opportunities for the Region in terms of jobs and economic expansion.”

Since Flair Airlines began operating out of YKF in May 2021, their service has added more than 100 jobs to the local economy.

The project is an important anchor in the Region’s economy and will facilitate growth over the coming decades. It will add jobs to the economy now, help to attract businesses and support the tourism industry as the world comes out of the pandemic. International transport links are an essential factor in location decisions for companies looking to expand, and increased connectivity are important for the economy and the attraction of talent to the region.

“This investment in the airport will help to ensure we are attracting people and companies to put down roots in Waterloo Region,” said Chair Redman. “This growth is just the beginning as we build a community that is globally competitive and one of the world’s greatest places to live.”

Terminal expansion work is expected to be complete in Spring 2022.

Comments from YKF supporters and airline partners:

“We welcome the expansion of the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The increased commercial service into our Region coupled with increased capacity gives our destination a competitive edge and bodes well for the strength and growth of the community.” – Minto Schneider, CEO, Explore Waterloo Region

“We are thrilled that we are finally breaking ground for expansion of the Region of Waterloo International Airport. Air transportation to and from our community is a key element in growing our local economic footprint. This is a monumental step forward to demonstrate to the international business community that the Region of Waterloo is serious about business growth. Jobs and opportunities are earned through strategic steps, and today, Regional Council and Management at the airport are taking one of those steps and we are pleased, encouraged and optimistic about our economic future with steps like this one.” – Greg Durocher, President and CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

“Flair is extremely proud and excited to be bringing truly affordable fares to the Region of Kitchener-Waterloo and it is wonderful to see the tremendous customer demand for our services from YKF.  The expansion of the airport facilities is a measured and appropriate investment to provide a great customer experience at the airport and we look forward to filling it with happy travellers and to driving continued economic growth in the region.” – Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines

“This announcement is not only exciting because it promises increased investment in facilities and equipment which contribute to better on-time performance, and a more enjoyable experience for passengers; but this is also exciting for our local team who have grown by over 250% as a result of the hard work and vision of the committed team at the Region of Waterloo Airport.” – Nelson Bradshaw, President, Executive Aviation

"Pivot Airlines is proud to be part of today's investment announcement in the Waterloo Region International Airport. Pivot looks forward to joining Flair, Sunwing and WestJet by providing industry-leading regional connectivity, including our launch markets of Ottawa and Montreal. This investment allows us and other airline partners to offer new products and greatly expand service to Kitchener and Waterloo." – Eric Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer, Pivot Airlines

About the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

YKF is a full-service facility which supports commercial, corporate and general aviation. The airport is home to 25 businesses that employ 300+ people that together contribute more than $90 million annually to Waterloo Region’s economy. YKF is owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). For more information visit, call 519-648-2256 / toll free 1-866-648-2256 or contact your travel agent.

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