Airport board uses tour to visualize future expansion

Airport board uses tour to visualize future expansion

Parker McClellan, executive director of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, talks about expansion plans at the airport near West Bay on Friday.

Andrew P. Johnson | The News Herald
Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 01:39 PM.

WEST BAY — Following a tour of the terminal building Friday, officials at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) narrowed down a list of terminal expansion concepts, positioning baggage area and security checkpoint expansion at the top of the priority list.

The tour and subsequent workshop was a continuation of the airport’s master planning process, which will provide staff with five-, 10- and 20-year planning horizons for ECP once completed.

A master plan is needed for airports to be eligible to receive state and federal funding for improvement projects.

During the workshop, board members scrapped three out of the six concepts presented by airport planners that they said did not complement growth plans far enough into the future. 

“Short-term is kind of an oxymoron for what we’re trying to accomplish here,” said board chairman John Pilcher. “Anything you do now should complement what you do in the future.”

In addition to providing additional space for baggage handling and security, the plans selected would address other critical deficiencies in public and concession space.  

The concepts also map out two new terminal gates and reconfigure the seven existing gates, focusing on accommodations for large, narrow-body jets that hold roughly 130 passengers.



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