Airport renovations could be completed in two months

Airport renovations could be completed in two months

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - When Jena flew in to gregg county last week -- she expected a bigger airport.

"To be honest with you, my first thought, I thought I had gone back in time to Mayberry," said Jena, a traveler from Tennessee who didn't want to give her name.

Today, we got a sneak peak inside a more than $2 million renovation of the airport terminal.

The waiting area will seat three times as many passengers as before and  surrounded by expanded baggage claim, car rental, vending machines, restrooms and a snack bar.

When work crews pulled up old carpet this spring -- airport manager Roy Miller says they found this -- a terrazzo floor with a map of East Texas.

It was the original floor from the terminal's opening in 1946.

Still, there are only two commercial flights a day to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Miller says the mid-day flight from here to DFW is usually near 100 percent capacity. The evening flight - near 80 percent. This past week, he, County Judge Bill Stoudt and County Commissioner Gary Boyd met with American Eagle Airlines staff. They feel confident there could be some changes in the future." 17

While work continues, Miller hopes travelers look past some inconveniences, including air condition, which should return to full blast next week.

As with most airport projects, at least 90 percent of this renovation is federally funded, meaning most all travelers, including, Jena, are paying for it.

"It will be really nice when the guests coming in the future to have something to actually occupy their time more than just sitting around taking an hour-and-a-half long nap," Jena said.

Miller expects the project to be completed within two months.


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