Pitt Meadows Airport improvements well underway

New terminal highlight of airport improvements

The Pitt Meadows Airport is starting to see the results of its rejuvenation efforts, Maple Ridge council heard during its March 29 regular meeting.

“Four years ago, the airport embarked on a pretty ambitious plan,” airport general manager Guy Miller said in his presentation. “We decided that it was time for renewal at the airport.”

The renewal includes rehabilitation and rejuvenation of some infrastructure. As well as “out with the old and in with the new,” said Miller. “Time for change and the airport needed it.”

About three years ago, the board of directors for the Pitt Meadows Airport Society (PMAS) presented a conceptual drawing of a new terminal to council.

That drawing is now a reality as the terminal is now open for operations.

“It’s a fantastic structure for a community airport this size,” said Miller.

Airport staff now have offices in the new terminal, a significant upgrade from their previous trailers.

“It’s quite a morale booster,” said Miller.

The new terminal will also house a restaurant, which Joseph Richard Group has committed to operate. The hospitality brand is known for its restaurant in Stanley Park and also operates a number of brewpubs in the Lower Mainland including Townhall in Maple Ridge.

An invitation-only grand opening is planned for early June with a public event taking place at a later date, which has not been announced.

Flight school

Among the new projects is the Vancouver Aviation College building. It houses a flight school, which has the goal of teaching about 40 students every few months.

Future projects

The society expects parking to be a problem in the future and has plans for an overflow lot that fits about 200 vehicles. It should be finished by summer, Miller said.

The terminal doesn’t have anything by way of signage currently, so a planned sculptural piece will help with that. Miller said a plane has already been painted and will be mounted on a pole outside.

PMAS still has many projects in development. These include:

  • The Golden Ears Airpark, which will have plane storage available in the planned hangars.
  • Golden Arrow Airpark
  • A new Sky Helicopters building
  • Pacific Aircraft Services hangar
Artistic rendering of what a float plane terminal and restaurant could look like. Image courtesy of Pitt Meadows Airport

Waterfront development in the works

Miller also shared a vision for a waterfront parcel owned by the airport, but said it is in the conceptual stage. On it, the board envisions a floatplane terminal, restaurant, boardwalk and dock area.

“We’re quite excited about that piece of property as well,” he said.

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