There was some hope that the old terminal would find a tenant after the move to the newly built terminal. Rumour was that the Western Canada Aviation Museum might be interested. Alas, that didn't come to pass and the old terminal will be torn down once the new one is built.
In 2007, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport was Canada's seventh busiest airport by passenger traffic. That amounted to 3.5 million passengers. By aircraft movements, it is Canada's 11th busiest.
While the airport was constructed in 1964, it did go through major renovations in 1984. Improvements were made in how passenger traffic was handled and in the retail area on the second floor. Compared to some of the shopping emporiums in other airports, Winnipeg is a little light in attractions.
In 2008, the stores in the pre-security area were:
* Canadian Scene & Relay
This store is a basic newspaper and magazine shop with snacks and some Canadiana tossed in.
In 2005, this clothing store opened in the terminal that carries designer clothing. It is owned by local business people.
* Front Page Sports
After the success of the temporary store set up in 2006 for the Grey Cup, the company that manages Relay and Virgin Records decided to set up a permanent store selling Manitoba and Canadian sport merchandise. The store opened in 2007.
* Journey's Travel & Leisure Supercentre
An offshoot of Journey's main store, this retailer sells various travel items such as luggage and clothing.
* Showcase Manitoba
A store specializing in Manitoba arts and crafts.
* The UPS Store
Standard UPS package store.
* Virgin Books & Music
Owned by the same group that owns Relay and Front Page Sports. The only Virgin Records in town. A little on the pricey side but if you are looking for a book or CD on the plane, this is for you.
In 2008, the post security clearance stores are"
* Aer Rianta Duty Free [open two hours before International flights]
A duty free store that sells merchandise including tobacco and alcohol tax free.
* Canadian Scene and Relay
A smaller version of what is pre-security.
* $15 Boutique
A retailer that Boutique sells high fashion accessories, small leather goods, belts, ties, earrings, pins, cubic zirconia, bracelets, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, watches and other items all under $15. Operated by the owners of Relay and Virgin Records.
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