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Release date: 
14 April 2005 :00am

April 14th, 2005 (Ottawa) The Ottawa International Airport Authority is pleased to announce that the contract to expand the parkade facility has been awarded to PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Scheduled to begin on Monday, April 25th, the $12 million contract is expected to be completed by spring of 2006, and will provide 900 more parking spaces in the parkade facility.

“The parkade has been operating at an average of 80% capacity for the last year, so this expansion is a direct response to our customers’ needs” said Jim Durrell, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airport Authority. He added “As passenger volumes continue to increase, so will the need for parking spaces, so we will be ready”

Airport Authority President and CEO Paul Benoit confirmed that PCL was the low bidder in the competitive process and said “We are pleased to be working with PCL again, and know that they are a reliable partner based on the experience that we had building the new passenger terminal.”

Construction will affect several of the airport’s parking lots; P3 Surface and Overheight, located immediately behind the parkade, will be closed permanently to accommodate the expansion, and overheight vehicles will park in P4 beginning April 18th.

Passengers and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution on the roadways in and around the airport as there will be increased traffic related to the expansion project. For more information concerning parking lots, pricing and other changes, please visit the airport’s website at, or tune in to AM 1630 as you approach the airport.

OIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region. Its new state-of-the-art passenger terminal building opened for business on October 12, 2003.