Planning today to serve Waterloo Region better tomorrow!

Airport Master Plan Implementation

Join us to learn more about the project and provide feedback:
Airport Master Plan Implementation Public Consultation Centre 1
Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m.
at the Breslau Mennonite Church
226 Woolwich St., Breslau, ON

Regional Council approved the $375 million, 20 Year Airport Master Plan in April 2017. This will ensure that the airport can:

  • meet the travel needs of our own growing community;
  • and, respond to capacity challenges at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Unlike traditional airport master planning, we used a 'just-in-time' approach. A pre-set passenger volume is required for each of the five development stages. The approach makes the most of existing infrastructure while managing financial risk. The plan allows YKF to respond to industry changes without compromising customer service. 

Planning for Growth

Master Plan Implementation Stage 1 - Triggered by Council approval of 20 Year Airport Master Plan (April 2017)

Why now?

The demand for air travel in southern Ontario is growing. By 2031, Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA) is expected to reach capacity at 70 million passengers a year. This will leave 20 million passengers in need of other air travel options.

YKF has one large advantage over other airports in southern Ontario. The airport is 2.5 km from the Kitchener GO Transit line in the Metrolinx transit system. This is the same line that TPIA is located on and serviced through the UP Express rail service. TPIA is advocating to become a multi-modal hub fed by rail transit. Their goal is to optimize customer service. This makes YKF a logical choice. 

Preliminary Work

A number of studies and design assignments are needed to expand the airport capacity, if required. This preliminary planning work will help protect the airport for immediate and future growth. The first stage of implementation includes the following projects:

  • Air Service Development
  • Existing Terminal Expansion Design
  • Extension Assessment and Design for Runway 14-32 and 08-26 
  • Federal Zoning Regulation Update
  • Master Servicing Study
  • Rail Alignment Study
  • Terminal Expansion Feasibility & Site Selection Study
 How to get involved?

1. Sign up for updates

Please send your name, address and contact details to Airport Master Plan Implementation.


2. Attend a Public Consultation Centre

Three public consultation centres will be held during the study period. this will allow staff to present information to the community and gather input. Details about the public consultation centres will be advertised online and in the local media. 


Airport Master Plan Implementation Public Consultation Centre 1

Date:       Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time:       4 to 8 p.m.
Location: Breslau Mennonite Church, 226 Woolwich St., Breslau, ON


3. Provide Feedback

Submit you comments and feedback, with you name, address and contact details to Airport Master Plan Implementation.

2019 Project Reports

May 28, 2019 - Region of Waterloo Planning and Works Committee Update (PDL-AIR-19-04)

March 19, 2019 - Airport Master Plan Implementation Steering Committee (PDL-AIR-19-03)

20 Year Airport Master Plan Background Information

Why a Master Plan?
A Master Plan is a tool used by airports to plan for future development, this includes:
  • maximizing existing infrastructure
  • managing increased air service
  • and, protecting for future growth
Who directed the Master Plan?
The Master Plan project was directed by a Steering Committee comprised of staff and elected officials from:
  • the Regional Municipality of Waterloo;
  • the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo; and the Township of Woolwich.
  • the Region of Waterloo International Airport;
  • and the Grand River Conservation Authority
Airport Master Planning Process
  • April 12, 2017 - Plan presented to and approved by the Region of Waterloo Regional Council
  • April 4, 2017 - Plan presented to the Region of Waterloo Planning and Works Committee
  • April 2016 - Project Start - Included two Public Information Centres (May 25 and November 10, 2016)
Master Plan Implementation Triggers

The 20 Year Airport Master Plan consists of five development stages. Each stage is triggered by pre-set annual passenger volume: 

  • Stage 1 - Upon approval of 20 Year Airport Master Plan (April 2017) 
    Plan for 500,000 passengers a year
  • Stage 2 - Airport reaches 250,000 passengers (Roughly 3 Boeing 737 flights per day)
    Plan for 1 million passengers & build for 500,000 passengers annually
  • Stage 3 - Airport reaches 500,000 passengers (Roughly 6 Boeing 737 flights per day)
    Plan for 1.5 million passengers & build for 1 million passengers annually
  • Stage 4 - Airport reaches 1 million passengers (Roughly 12 Boeing 737 flights per day)
    Build for 1.5 million passengers annually
  • Stage 5 - Airport reaches 1.5 million passengers (Roughly 18 Boeing 737 flights per day)
    Build for 2.5 million passengers annually
2017 Master Plan Reports

Accessible formats and communication support are available for all documents. Please phone 519-575-4400, TTY 519-575-4608 to request an alternate format.

2016 Public Consultation Materials and Reports
Additional Background Documents