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Improvements planned for Texarkana Regional Airport

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TEXARKANA, Ark. -

Texarkana Regional Airport is planning improvements to deal with increased passenger traffic.
    
The proposal would extend the terminal's life by up to seven years.

Airport Director Stephen Luebbert says they've weathered a tough economy and are growing again.

In fact, the airport experienced a 41 percent passenger traffic increase last month over the previous month last year.

Luebbert says they're going to need more space.

"The only way we can accommodate it is to make better use of the interior space of the old building," said Luebbert.
 
The airport terminal was built in 1959.

He says their proposed plans are to remodel 7,000 square feet of interior space by rearranging the security screening area, as well as, both outbound and returning passenger lines.

Airport officials say their overall goal is to build a brand new terminal, but those plans can't begin until runway upgrades are completed.

Luebbert says it will cost about $7 million to finish work on the primary runway, and they don't have enough funding to do both projects at the same time.  

The remodel will not only help traffic flow, but will include new signs.  

Luebbert says the proposed terminal improvements are necessary until they can rebuild.       

"We will eventually have to move to a larger facility and that is our intent with what we are doing on the south side of the airport," said Luebbert.
 
The proposed remodel is expected to cost about $800,000 and take about 10 months to complete.

Meanwhile, the new terminal is expected to begin construction in 2020.
    
It will be built near the Airport Public Safety building on the south side which opened three years ago.


 

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