Akron-Canton Airport Considers Expansion

The Akron-Canton Airport, undergoing a $100 million expansion, is seeking another construction project that would begin in 2007, airport officials said Tuesday.

Plans under discussion call for three gates to be added to the south end of the airport, which already has eight gates and could grow to 11 with the current expansion. The new plans are preliminary and still have to go through the design and approval process, said assistant airport director Rick McQueen.

Akron-Canton's current expansion, launched in 2001, reconfigures the baggage claim area, enlarges the gates, and remodels the concession area, among other changes. That project is expected to be completed in about a year.

Akron-Canton is one of the fastest-growing airports in the country. Its passenger count has more than tripled in the last decade and is expected to reach 1.5 million this year.

The airport welcomes its sixth carrier today. Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines is having its inaugural flights to and from Akron-Canton to Denver this afternoon. A second daily flight between Akron-Canton and Denver will be added June 26.