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​NAV CANADA to build new control tower at the Region of Waterloo International Airport

(Ottawa and Waterloo, June 5, 2015) – NAV CANADA is pleased to announce the construction of a new air traffic control tower at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The new structure will replace the existing tower built over 45 years ago. Work is set to begin this month and is anticipated to be completed by the summer 2017.

“The new tower will be significantly taller than what we have today. The added height will improve controllers’ sightlines to all the airport’s runways, taxiways and aprons,” says Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Executive Vice President, Service Delivery. “The tower cab will be larger and provide controllers with a 360-degree view of the airfield.” 

At 19.4 metres high (64 ft.), the new tower will be almost five metres (16 ft.) taller than the present structure; a 33⅓ per cent increase. The larger cab will expand the controllers’ workspace from the current 24 square metres (260 sq. ft.) to 32 sq. m (345 sq. ft.).  The four storey building will have an elevator.

"We are very pleased that NAV CANADA is modernizing their air traffic control service with a new state-of-the-art control tower," said Ken Seiling, Waterloo Regional Chair. "This new facility will be well suited for the existing traffic and will meet the future needs of our airport." (See artist’s rendering)

“The Region of Waterloo International Airport is an important gateway for the region and I am pleased that NAV CANADA is making this significant investment in the airport,” says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. “These types of investments in our aviation infrastructure will benefit both residents and businesses in the area.”

“The current tower was built in 1969,” notes Kellar. “At that time it was situated near the centre of the airport. Since then, runway 08/26 has been extended a further 3,300 feet to the east which put the centre well east of the tower’s location.”

The new facility will also feature much needed office space, a conference room, a fitness room, a quiet lounge, a lunch room and a training classroom. For controllers working in the cab there will be three new ergonomically designed consoles.


NAV CANADA is the country’s private sector civil air navigation services provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

About the Region of Waterloo International Airport

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a full-service modern facility which supports commercial, corporate and general aviation. Daily scheduled air service with connections to over 250 destinations in 40 countries is provided by: American Airlines offering twice daily non-stop service to Chicago; WestJet, offering daily non-stop service to Calgary; and Sunwing Airlines offering weekly direct service to Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba  from December through mid-March. The Region of Waterloo International Airport is owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  For more information visit www.waterlooairport.ca, call, toll free 1-866-648-2256 or contact your travel agent. 

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