It's complete: Manhattan Regional Airport terminal expansion project ribbon cutting

January 30, 2017


manhattan-300x204pxThe Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the passenger terminal construction project at Manhattan Regional Airport.

“Some of the businesses have told me that they now depend on this air service so much, that if we were to ever lose it, they probably have to go somewhere else,” Lyle Butler, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce president.

After American Airlines began its regional jet services to Chicago O’Hare and Dallas Fort Worth, the number of passengers boarding flights at Manhattan Regional Airport went from 15,000 to 60,000 a year.

“The leadership at Fort Riley and K-State signing on as well as the community…when we saw that, we knew we had a winning combination,” Dale Morris, American Airlines director of government affairs.

“I’m glad they (American Airlines) took a chance on us and I’m glad they’re continuing to move forward with us,” said Manhattan mayor Usha Reddi.

To meet the demand, the airport began construction in 2013 to expand the terminal building by adding almost 30,000 square feet in two phases.

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NOTE: Jessica Tyler, Mead & Hunt Project Designer, and Nathan Bosdeck, Mead & Hunt Construction Administrator, were able to participate in a very well attended event.