Port Columbus International Airport has finished the first leg of its three-year, $80 million terminal renovation.
The Columbus Regional Airport Authority said that it has finished work at gates A5 and A6 and has moved on to finish the rest of the work in Concourse A, scheduled for completion by mid-year. The airport’s largest carrier, Southwest Airlines Co., holds a monopoly on Concourse A after its merger partner AirTran moved there in the fall.
Work in Concourse A is part of a total overhaul of the 835,000-square-foot terminal that the authority announced in October. The airport’s passenger capacity is expected to increase to between 8 million and 10 million people a year after making the upgrades, which includes an expansion of security checkpoints on Concourse A and infrastructure updates. About 6.4 million passengers traveled through Port Columbus in 2011.
Concourse A is scheduled to be finished this year along with Concourse C. Work in Concourse B will run from 2013 to 2014, while ticket lobby upgrades will begin this year and finish in 2015. Baggage claim changes will occur in 2015.
The airport will dip into its capital reserve and use passenger fees that airlines collect on tickets to pay for the project.
Source: Business Journals