CALGARY, ALTA. - WestJet has broken ground on its new $50 million hangar project at the Calgary International Airport to accommodate its fleet expansion in the area.
The 125,000-square-foot hangar, designed by Stantec, will stand eight storeys tall and be able to house four Boeing 737 aircraft or one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The building will have two floors of office space to hold approximately 130 work stations. CANA, the contractor, is expected to finish the project in the spring of 2019.
"WestJet is the largest carrier at YYC Calgary International Airport and is a major driver of growth in the city," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO, in a press release. "With the impending arrival of our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, WestJet is connecting Canadians to the world and bringing the world to Canada."
WestJet operates approximately 110 flights a day or about 56,000 flights per year from Calgary, flying around 11 million passengers in and out each year.
In April 2017, the airline announced the purchase of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with an option to purchase 10 additional planes.
Expected arrival of the first aircraft is January 2019.
Stantec's executive vice-president for Canada, Russ Wlad stated the company is excited to partner with WestJet once again.
"Our local team of architects and engineers are passionate about being part of this project and the positive impact it will have on WestJet's growth in our community," said Wlad.
CANA echoed Wlad's comments, stating it was also eager to work with WestJet and the Calgary Airport Authority on another project.
"WestJet is an industry leader and CANA is proud to be its long-term partner delivering projects on time, on budget," said Blaine Zandbelt, CANA's vice president of operations.
Since WestJet's inception in 1996, the airline has grown its Calgary hub from first serving five domestic destinations to becoming an international carrier flying to more than 50 destinations out of YYC, states a release.