Kenora's new airport terminal is almost ready. Construction on the project began last fall, and business development intern Stefan Robinson said there were only minor delays.

"It has gone fairly smooth. There hasn't been any major hiccups or anything of that nature. There has been a delay, but that's because of the huge, long winter we just had," he said.

The building is just over 9,000 square feet, and will become the new hub for the airport.

"Everything is in one spot. It just makes it easier for everyone. There isn't as much hassle going between building. This one is also wheelchair accessible," Robinson explained.

The new building will amalgamate the customs building, the fixed-base operations, and the airlines making it accommodating to passengers, pilots, and charter planes.

The building has a wood design, similar to the Discovery Centre. Robinson said they wanted it to feel like Kenora.

"When people arrive, and when people depart, it's the first place, and the last place they see coming through Kenora. We want to give them a good, lasting impression. They want to be able to come back, and recognize that this is the Kenora Airport, and this is their home away from home," he said.

The exact date the airport will open is yet to be announced, Robinson said it should be later this fall.

The current terminal was originally built in 1948, and has undergone renovations as the years have past.

The project is expected to cost an estimated $6.2 million. 

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