McAllen airport halfway through $28M expansionMcAllen airport halfway through $28M expansionhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=69592013-06-26T14:30:00Z2013-06-26T13:45:00Z

McALLEN - Work on McAllen-Miller International Airport’s $28 million terminal expansion project, which will add 55,000 sf and overhaul existing space, recently passed the halfway mark.

The two-year project remains on schedule for completion next March, said Airport Director Phil Brown.

As part of the project, construction workers knocked down the terminal’s south wall and built a temporary partition. They will move the wall farther into the terminal within the next few months, temporarily reducing the waiting area for passengers, said Kristi Taylor-Salinas, the airport’s properties and compliance manager.

McAllen-Miller will have a larger terminal with more post-security food options, new seats with outlets to recharge electronic devices and a family restroom. It will also add a gate, allowing McAllen-Miller to handle six planes.

Extra space will allow the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint to handle crowds by opening an additional screening lane.

Along with construction work, D&M Coffee will open a presecurity food and beverage kiosk and a post-security gourmet coffee bar.

Since 2002, passenger boarding numbers had steadily increased, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. Enplanements at McAllen-Miller peaked in 2007, when about 413,000 people boarded flights.

When the recession hit, enplanements dropped sharply and continued falling for the next five years. In 2011, about 332,000 people boarded planes at McAllen-Miller, according to the latest numbers from the federal agency’s website.

The Monitor
Infrastructure & Transportation
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