New $41.5M Terminal Opens at Pennsylvania Airport

"The consensus there is it brings the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and this area into the 21st century."

"Wilkes-Barre, they did it differently than we did," Testa said. The airport "built the garage and paid cash, built the terminal and paid cash. … We went out and borrowed money upfront."

Most airports finance their construction projects over a period of years, he explained.

By not borrowing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton probably saved twice as much as the estimated $80 million cost, Testa said. "Barry did it like a lot of us would like to do it."

With the funding out of the way, finishing the new terminal is the next hurdle.

Ideally, the airport director is relying on everybody to deliver a 100 percent complete reliable product, Testa said.

But most likely, construction workers will still be on the job opening day. And that's not unusual for a project of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's size.

Harrisburg opened on Aug. 29, 2004, Testa said. "For about six months there were a lot of things that had to be finished."



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Jerry Lynott, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7237.


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