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Gander Airport Authority Plans to Rejuvenate International Lounge Space

The Gander International Airport Authority announced plans to restore its historic international lounge with support from the Provincial and Federal Governments.

The $1.5 million project focuses on the preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse of the space, which is widely regarded as the best-preserved modernist room in Canada with an historic legacy spanning multiple wars and what is widely considered to be the golden age of aviation. The aesthetic of the international lounge will be broadly maintained and new elements will be introduced to create a compelling visitor experience.

Funding is being split equally with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Gander Airport International Airport Authority each contributing $500,000 towards the project.

The airport authority will renovate approximately 9,000 square feet of surplus space for an historic theatre, gallery and room for heritage preservation and also plans to introduce interpretive storytelling elements to profile the airport’s history. The renovations will include restoration of some of the airport lounge’s original furniture, decor and artifacts.