Saskatoon airport construction causing frustrations

Saskatoon airport construction causing frustrations
Confusion, frustration mounting as Saskatoon airport construction continues
The construction at Saskatoons International Airport is causing confusion and frustration for some passengers.

SKYXE started its curbside redesign project in March. Its building two lanes for pick-up and drop-off – one lane for the public to use and the other specifically for taxis and shuttles.

The airport said the project should be completed by the end of October. Until then, all vehicles are restricted to a single lane to pick people up, which can be a challenge for new visitors like Marilyn Ames.

Ames arrived in Saskatoon from Minneapolis Sunday afternoon. She said it was confusing trying to find a taxi.

The signs that point to taxi then have another sign that says taxi loading out on the further ramp, and I still dont see any taxis, she said.

How can I be so confused with such a small place? I can manage to get through a lot of the worlds largest airports successfully, but Im having trouble here in Saskatoon.

People now have to wait in another line to drop off their luggage after tagging it at the airlines front desk. But the new layout doesnt seem to be fazing travellers.

One passenger said it was not an inconvenience, another said he didnt mind waiting once everything was checked in, saying SKYXE usually doesnt have long wait times.

Saskatoon International Airport is redesigning its curbside. Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of October, 2018.

The 20 people killed on Saturday in a limousine crash near Schoharie, N.Y., included four sisters and three of their husbands, along with at least three other couples.

Construction at Saskatoon International Airport is entering into the final stretch, but it is leading to some confusion and frustration for travellers.

“It’s complicated to get in and out,” said Elinor Wright. “I was hoping to be able to park closer but I’m way, way back and couldn’t seem to get around here, so a little more signage would be nice.”

“It’s going to be great when it’s finished, I know. It’s just right now, it’s quite an inconvenience,” said Jeanne Smith.

“There certainly has been customers that would feel the pain, I guess is the best way to say it — the short-term pain, that is — to gain the long term benefits that we’re going to see from the project,” said Saskatoon Airport Authority President & CEO Stephen Maybury.

“Ensuring that the walking distances are as short as possible is something that went into the planning, as you can see wayfinding within the building, so the arrows that are on the floor, one end is for the loading zone, public loading and the other end is for car rentals,” Maybury said.

“So we’ve taken these wayfinding measures to try and make it as simple as possible.”

“The pavement is being restored,” Maybury said, raising an example. “It was older pavement that had met its life, so we’re restoring all of that pavement. In doing so, we’re expanding the capacity of the groundside as well, so we’re actually moving from a single lane to two lanes out the front of our building that will allow for additional space, safety, capacity to take us a few years into future.”

Originally, the project was expected to be completed in late October, but that date has been pushed back.

“The work out front here, that’s supposed to be complete in mid November, contingent on the weather which has not necessarily been cooperating lately with as cold as it’s been,” said Maybury.