Airport board uses tour to visualize future expansion

Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 01:39 PM.

Executive Director Parker McClellan said he doesn’t anticipate any scheduled international traffic at ECP for a long time, but international charters may be a possibility. 

“The TDCs (tourist development councils) are actively marketing this as a destination internationally in Europe, so we have to have that in mind,” he said.

Airport planners also advised officials to preserve the area if possible.

“It’s a tantalizing space because it’s here, but it’s also an international facility,” Fuller said. “If you erode your international space, you’re eroding your capacity to handle these passengers.”

Airport planners will re-examine the three concepts and come back with a plan for the board to discuss at its February meeting.

“I think those three probably make the most sense with the vision in mind of moving north and also preserving that customs and border patrol area,” said airport planner Paul Puckli. “There’s no reason why in the future you couldn’t go back and change this.”

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