May 18, 2010
Fort McMurray, Alberta, is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and all fast growing cities need up-to-date transportation hubs to accommodate the increase in population. The city's airport - built in 1986 - is now too small for the passenger traffic, and expansion is in the development stages.
The public in Fort McMurray got a glance at their airport expansion project, as Fort McMurray Airports Authority CEO Scott Clements explained why an expansion was necessary and how the increase in passenger traffic was far more than originally planned.
According to Carol Christian from Fort McMurray Today (you can read the full article here), a 2003 estimate had the passenger traffic for 2009 set at around 240,000. The actual number last year was over 700,000, far more than was estimated and far more than the current airport is built to handle. And that number is projected to keep growing.
For a more detailed look at the expansion, and what their Airports Authority plans to do to accommodate it, you can take a look at their website here. As for the airport floor plans, this pdf will give you a good idea as to how the building will be laid out.