New face lifts on the way for Midland International Air & Space Port

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Several minor changes are coming to the Midland International Air & Space Port in the next year. 

Director of Airports Justine Ruff says the face lifts are needed with the uptick in travelers. 

The airport is seeing a 15% increase in flyers compared to this time last year. 

“If you’re using our airport, you’ve seen that we’ve got a big renovation going on with our security checkpoint,” said Ruff. 

Over the past several months, the airport has been working to expand their security checkpoint area to deal with long lines. 

Ruff says they recently received a $2.5 million grant from the FAA. 

With that money, the airport amended their agreement with Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper Incorporated in Tuesday morning’s Midland City Council meeting. 

“Every FAA grant that we get, they help us with the projects. So we just got a new grant, so then we add those projects to their contract,” said Ruff. 

These are the projects MAF are looking to bring to the table: 

  • Rehabilitate North, Terminal & South Apron Concrete Pavement Project 
  • Rehabilitate Northwest Taxi Lane & Executive Apron Project 
  • NW Basin Wildlife Improvements Project 
  • Replace Aircraft Board Bridges & Outbound Baggage Conveyance System Project 
  • Release Land at Executive Airpark Project
  • Development Park Programmatic EA Project 

MAF also wants to upkeep a water basin that’s become an unwanted attraction to wildlife. 

Ruff emphasizes that these are projects that are still on the drawing board. 

“The actual implementation of those projects may take more than a year. So it may take more time as we get more grant money in. We get about $3 or $4 million a year,” said Ruff.

According to MAF officials, the checkpoint project is looking to be completed by the holidays; however, both escalators will be shut down during that time. 

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February 07 2021 05:32 pm