Fort McMurray International Airport’s main terminal opened June 9, 2014, elevating air travel for the Wood Buffalo region to a whole new altitude. The $258-million facility is five times larger than the old north terminal, allowing passengers to move more efficiently and enjoy more room and comfort. The main terminal is one-of-a-kind, environmentally sustainable facility built for the northern climate, and its look and design has been recognized by Canada’s leading industry builders and designers. 

The approximately 15,000 square-metre (161,458 square foot) terminal can accommodate 1.5 million passengers a year and has:

  • Four aircraft bridges 
  • Eight aircraft parking stands
  • Two baggage carousels
  • Over 2,200 powered parking stalls 
  • Nine retail and food and beverage outlets
  • Barrier-free access for persons with disabilities
  • Large south-facing courtyard providing an outdoor visiting area for passengers
  • Two meditation areas

Passengers will marvel at many ingenious features of the terminal, including:

  • Large open areas 
  • High windows and ceilings that allow for ample natural daylight 
  • Simple but aesthetically-pleasing shifting of levels that help orient passengers
  • The largest exposed laminated wood ceiling structure in North America
  • High end interior finishes such as triple glazed windows, terrazzo flooring and acoustic wood panels
  • Durable and sustainable exterior features able to withstand the harsh, northern winter climate
  • Environmentally sustainable features that conserve energy and reduce environmental impact
  • Public art work from across Western Canada
  • An observation area with interactive exhibits showcasing Wood Buffalo’s aviation history 

The terminal was designed by the office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers inc (OMB). The project was managed by Stantec and built by the Ledcor Group. It was recognized as one of 11 recipients of the 2013 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, for embodying qualities of innovation and overall design excellence.