An additional security screening lane was added in the eastern gate area, which meant a loss in seats and standing room. Airport officials plan to convert about 1,000 square feet of space SkyWest currently uses to prepare baggage for loading. This will be moved outside to make space for a passenger waiting room.
The City Council has approved the terminal expansion for up to a total of 90,000 square feet in 2015. But that growth is being divided into phases in order to closely meet fluctuations that will likely occur in demand.
The first stage of expansion is set at a maximum of 67,000 square feet to be completed by 2010.
The airport projects that total passenger numbers will reach about 1 million in five years.
Over the next three months, airport officials will be holding meetings with various groups and the public to determine the design criteria of the terminal. The next public workshop will take place on Sept. 5. A bid for architects will take place in the fall, and designs are expected by next summer.
Construction on the new terminal is expected to start in summer of 2008 and be completed in two years.