Thu, May 28, 2009
A New Terminal Could Be Coming Soon
More federal stimulus money is being
spent on aviation's "shovel ready" projects. Tunica Municipal
Airport hopes to begin long-planned improvements with the help of
money from the FAA, the Mississippi DOT, and The American
Reinvestment and Recovery Act. As much as $10 million in
improvements are on airport officials' wish list.
Among the projects Executive Director Cliff Nash hopes to begin
this year are a long-discussed new terminal, a transportation
courtyard, and a new fire station. That last project alone could
get up to $1.25 million in stimulus money, according to the Memphis
Business Journal. A $1.5 million expansion of the airport apron is
planned using money from the FAA.
Nash told The Nashville Business Journal the terminal could be
built without federal stimulus money because of a $10 millon bond
from Tunica County. He said the airport has nearly a million
dollars from the Mississippi DOT that it has to spend before June
5th in order to qualify for stimulus dollars, and that money can't
be held over for the terminal project.
The airport has seen a 30 percent increase in passenger traffic
already this year.
If the county bonds are released this summer, Nash said work on
the terminal could begin as early as August. Down the road, he
hopes to be able to build a control tower at the airport, which
would allow military traffic and accommodate larger corporate jets.
He said the airport already has reauthorization to hire a tower
staff ...but that they need to build it before they can come.
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