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New YMM airport

The Fort McMurray International Airport  Authority opened a new airport terminal on June 9, 2014, elevating air travel to a whole new altitude for the Wood Buffalo region. The new terminal is one-of-a-kind, an environmentally sustainable facility built for the northern climate. The $258-million facility is five times larger than the north terminal, which is still in use for charter and cargo. The facility located on the opposite side of the runway is accessible via HWY 69 just 1.5 kms from the previous exit. The Airport look and design has been recognized by Canada’s leading industry builders and designers and it has attracted national media attention. The approximately 15,000 square-metre (161,458 square foot) terminal can accommodate 1.5 million passengers annually and it currently is serving 1.3 million passengers. Expansions are already in the planning phase to ensure the facility meets growing aviation demands locally. Building features include:

 

·         Four aircraft bridges and four aircraft parking stands

·         Two new baggage carousels

·         Over 2,200 powered parking stalls

·         16 retail and food and beverage outlets (secure and non-secure options available)

·         Large south-facing courtyard providing an outdoor visiting area for passengers and pets

·         Public Observation Deck

·         Three commissioned art installations by Canadian Artists

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Northern Lights - viewing tips

  • Check the forecast at aurorawatch.ca
  • The best times to view the aurora are around midnight, but they can often be seen anytime from 9pm to 3am.
  • Aurora viewing is affected by a variety of factors, such as cloud cover, moonlight, and urban light pollution.
  • Aurora is often seen within the urban area of Fort McMurray but the light pollution can make it difficult to see the aurora, so head a few minutes out of town for better viewing.
  • Be patient, wear warm clothes and bring something warm to drink.
  • Look in the direction of north and northeast