Hay River’s airport is returning to normal operations this week after a simple renovation turned into a more extensive project.
Originally, the game plan was to simply rip up the flooring in the lobby, bathrooms and airline offices as the linoleum was worn.
Sections of the airport were to be closed down throughout the process, but the main floor of the terminal would still be in service.
However, as the flooring was being removed on the first night, asbestos was found in the floor levelling compound between the flooring and the cement base.
According to Airport Manager Kelly O’Connor, all of the proper safety precautions were taken to ensure the asbestos was removed fully and safely.
“The contractor, public works and the airport works with the WSCC to ensure all safety precautions were taken once the asbestos was discovered and in the end it was decided that it was the safest to move out of the main floor while the asbestos material was removed,” he said.
On June 6, all the regular operations for the airport were moved to trailers beside the terminal while the asbestos was removed and ceramic tile was installed.
According to O’Connor, the second floor of the terminal was not affected by the work and was sealed off when the asbestos removal was taking place.
“This allowed for the Community Aerodrome Radio Service, which does air traffic advisory and weather as well as airport administration and Nav Canada Tech Shop to operate,” he said.