One of the passenger bridges at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is being replaced this fall. The new bridge is powered by a ground power unit and is more energy efficient than the current bridge, which was built in 1984 and is past its useful life.
The work to replace the bridge is expected to begin this week and should wrap up by mid-November. Workers will start by removing the old bridge and its supporting infrastructure and then the new bridge will be installed in its place. Airport staff have been working hard to ensure that there will be no impact on passengers or flight operations.
The bridge is located at the south end of the terminal building and is one of two passenger bridges at the airport. The other bridge was replaced in 2013.
Hundreds of passengers use the Erik Nielsen Airport every day for business, travel and to stay connected with friends and family. A new passenger bridge will ensure these travellers reach their destination safely and efficiently. Strategic investments to enhance our airport infrastructure are important to meet the current and future needs of our communities.
Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn
Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport is the only Canadian airport located north of 60 with passenger bridges. At other northern airports, passengers have to walk across the apron to get to their flights.