Upgraded Tri-Cities Airport terminal is ready for prime time

January 30, 2017

port-of-pasco-300x207pxThe new Tri-Cities Airport terminal made its public debut Friday with a ribbon cutting and music. The flying public gets a look at the terminal when it goes into service Monday morning.

The Port of Pasco dedicated the $41.9 million upgrade and gave tours.

The expansion added a tall new terminal, security area and baggage handling system that means passengers may check their bags at the ticketing office and not haul them to the screeners.

The Federal Aviation Administration supported the project with a $20 million improvement grant. The Port of Pasco paid the balance of the project with airport revenue bonds, to be repaid with fees paid by airlines, passengers, car rental companies and other airport users.

Officials call it an important shot in the arm to modernize a growing regional airport that was last updated in 1989. Passenger demand has grown by 6 to 9 percent annually ever since.

Mead & Hunt designed the expansion. Boulten Construction was the general contractor.

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