Columbia Regional Airport officials discuss plans for new terminal

Columbia Regional Airport officials discuss plans for new terminal

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Columbia is moving forward on its plans for a multimillion dollar terminal despite an airline pulling its services next week.

Officials with Columbia Regional say despite Frontier Airlines ending its service in mid-Missouri six months after it got here, the airport is still generating money with just one carrier.

Not enough members attended Wednesday's meeting to vote, but the voting members present agreed they would like to see more detailed plans for a new terminal.

The new terminal requires building a new infrastructure allowing for double the amount of planes and a new parking structure for additional parking.

Remodeling the current terminal would cost nearly $18.5 million, while building a new terminal would cost an additional $24 million.

The Chamber of Commerce said the total price of the new terminal would be $42 million.

"As we move forward we want to make sure we are building and remodeling for the future. That it is going to meet the needs of not just the citizens of Columbia but Secure TSA, FAA and all the things they require," Mike Glascock said, city of Columbia public works director.

Gloscock says the current terminal was built before 9/11 and TSA regulations and lacking in updated security measures.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the airport expected a loss in the semi annual budget of nearly $5,000. They ended up surprised, ending almost $200,000 over.

Wednesday, Mayor Bob McDavid agreed, saying the airport is continually selling out flights and doing well.

The airport's "Guarantee Fund" with American Airlines requires the airport to pay the airline if not enough revenue is brought in.

This March, the airport did not need to pay the airline.

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