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WAA investing in new $27 million building to increase airport operational efficiency

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – June 25, 2018 – Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) today broke ground on a 96,000 square foot Ground Services Equipment (GSE) Building.

The $27 million multi-use building will give ground handling, commissary and cargo companies operating space close to the terminal. Once completed, current tenants in the cargo campus will relocate to the new GSE Building, freeing up much-needed space in the cargo area for redevelopment.

“WAA continues to redevelop our airport to meet the needs of travellers, airlines and tenants,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of WAA. “Today’s announcement begins another stage of development for the airport campus, allowing us to make better use of our space to serve current tenants, attract new tenants and to continue to create jobs and drive the economy.”

Rempel added, “The world is more and more connected every day, and for Winnipeg to fulfill its potential on the global stage we must have the infrastructure in place to compete. Today’s investment is another step in realizing the vision of Winnipeg as an airport city.”

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport has a $3.4 billion economic impact and supports over 17,000 jobs. It is also the number one airport in Canada for dedicated freighter flights, keeping goods flowing efficiently and building on Winnipeg’s reputation as a transportation and logistics hub.

Once completed, the GSE Building will offer tenants secure access to airside operations at the airport. Some of the equipment housed in the new space will include ‘tugs’, which are vehicles used for towing and repositioning airplanes, belt loaders, which load cargo and baggage, and refrigeration trucks, which load food in planes.

About Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. is a non-share capital corporation responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, the Iqaluit International Airport, and other affiliated businesses. WAA is a leader in transport innovation and growth, providing excellent airport services and facilities in a fiscally prudent manner. WAA is one of Manitoba’s Top 25 Employers for 2018, the seventh year in a row. Learn more at

Tyler MacAfee
Director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
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