With a record number of passengers through Victoria International Airport (YYJ) in 2017, the facility will be expanding to make more room.
The Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) says it will be renovating the lower passenger departure lounge at a cost of $19.4 million over the next 27 months.
The airport saw more than 1.9 million passengers last year, an increase of 4.2 per cent over 2016.
Renovations will include doubling the size of the lower departure lounge, provide dedicated airport gates and covered walkways and additional food and retail outlets.
VAA President and CEO Geoff Dickson say the lower level atrium will be doubled in response to passenger growth and the use of larger Dash-8s.
Those planes have been upsized from 30-to-50 seat aircraft to those with room for 76-to-80 passengers.
While work is happening, travellers will see hoarding walls, temporary pathways to and from aircraft, and regular construction activities.