Airport security area expansion nearing completion

An expansion on the northeast end of the Western Nebraska Regional Airport terminal is nearly finished as the April 1st scheduled completion date nears. The new $1.6 million dollar renovation provides restrooms and seating to accommodate another 185 people in the security area. Airport Manager Darwin Skelton says they may not finish by the exact date, but he says it will be close.

Skelton says portions of it are already completed and they have some work to do in other areas. He says the weather has not cooperated very much, but they're progressing nicely and it will be really close as to whether they finish by April 1st.

The new addition will not only allow passengers on diverted flights to de-board, but will provide convenience for charter flight passengers and regular daily passengers as well. Skelton says for the everyday traffic that flies in and out, having restrooms in the security area will make a big difference. He says alot of people wait till the last minute to go through security because of the absence of restrooms. He says it will really be nice to have vending machines and restrooms and room to move around in the security area. He says all of that will encourage people to get through security early so that when the charters show up for the 140 to 150 passenger charters, they can show up early and get screened to speed up the boarding process.

Other modifications in the expansion include enclosing an outdoor eating area that has been moved to the east side of the restaurant in the terminal. 90% of the project was funded through federal grant money.

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