Victoria International Airport plans $8.1 million expansion

Added space at security, new food, retail opportunities on the bill for Victoria International Airport

There will be more opportunities behind the lines at Victoria International Airport after an $8.1 million modification to the terminal building.

The project will create an expanded pre-board security screening area into the present retail space; a new food area on the west side of the lower passenger departure lounge; a central elevator, stair and escalator area added to the southeast corner of the terminal, and new furnishings in the upper passenger departure lounge.

“Our customers told us clearly that we need more retail in post security, said Geoff Dickson, CEO and president of the Victoria Airport Authority.

It will also include a new retail store on the east side.

“We’re trying to get a nice local Victoria feel. Something that really represents what Victoria has to offer,” Dickson said.

A request for proposals went out Friday for operation food and retail booths. Submission deadline is Sept. 7 and the airport authority hopes to award a contract in October.

The 18 month construction schedule is slated to start this fall and finish in the spring of 2014.