Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport prepping for a million-plus annual visitors

June 11, 2017


Work continues Thursday on the parking deck at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill. Airport officials are putting terminal expansion and improvement plans in place to accommodate the growing number of people using the airport. (photo courtesy of JT Wampler, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials expect more than 1.3 million travelers a year will pass through their gates by 2035, and they’re putting long-range improvement plans in place now to accommodate those visitors when the time comes.

“Essentially, we’re at the completion stage of this study, and I think that what you have is a document that’s going to be valuable in terms of making decsions and moving forward with what to do with this terminal,” Ryan Hayes with Mead & Hunt told Operations Committee members last week. “I hope it’s a valuable document, and I hope it’s a good decision-making tool for you.”

Mead & Hunt is a national architectural and engineering firm with expertise in aviation facilities.

Consultants, the airport board and staff members identified 15 terminal improvement projects needed to meet passenger demand estimated at $223 million in today’s dollars. They’re expected to include parking decks, concourse and gate expansions, expanding security and baggage claim areas and improving access for aircraft.

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