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Innovative New Airport Terminals: Winnipeg

Gerry Kopelow

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, Canada

Opening Date: October 2011

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were the first official passengers to arrive at this terminal. They dedicated a time capsule (on display in the aptly named Queen’s Court), to be opened in 2060. In collaboration with Stantec Architecture Ltd., master architect César Pelli—known best for his work on the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the World Financial Center in New York—designed Canada’s first LEED-certified airport to reflect the wide-open spaces of the surrounding prairies and vast Manitoba skylines. You can see through the building from check-in to airside—and right on through to the great outdoors. Even the passenger boarding areas are glass, so travelers feel connected to their surroundings at all times.

Kudos For: Fifty-five distinctive round skylights in its arrivals bag-claim area allow natural light to pour into the terminal by day and glow in electric blue ring shapes by night.

Who Flies Here: Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Delta Air Lines, Air Transat, United Airlines, Sunwing, WestJet.

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