Release date: 
12 October 2003 :00am
October 12, 2003 (Ottawa) – The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA) today opened the new Ottawa airport passenger terminal building (PTB).

“This terminal was built with the traveller’s ease and comfort in mind,” said Paul Benoit, chief executive officer of OMCIAA. “Our staff members are committed to ensuring people have a pleasant travelling experience at our new world-class terminal.”

The new terminal’s layout is easy to navigate, with clear sightlines to the aircraft upon check in. It was designed to be functional for the traveller with separate arrival and departure levels, ample parking, climate-controlled covered walkways, self-serve check-in kiosks and better baggage facilities; the new terminal is both convenient and user-friendly.

Passengers on an early-morning flight destined for Detroit were the first travellers to depart from the new terminal.

With the doors now open, the airport is gearing-up to handle an anticipated heavy passenger load as travellers make their way home after the Thanksgiving weekend.

OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under a 60-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region.

For more information on the new terminal building, visit our Web site at


Krista Kealey
Ottawa Airport Authority
(613) 248-2050