A three-year, $80 million terminal renovation and modernisation programme has been announced for Port Columbus International Airport in a bid to accommodate future passenger growth and bolster the airport’s $3.7 billion annual economic impact to the Columbus region.
The gateway’s ‘Terminal Modernisation Programme’ will include major facelifts for the ticket lobby, baggage claim and concourses A, B and C as well as mechanical, technological and security upgrades.
Funding for the project, which is expected to ensure the terminal’s functionality for another 20 years, will come from Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) as well as capital reserve and operating funds.
Elaine Roberts, CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, said: “Since 2001 more than $627 million has been invested in critical airport improvements including roadway, runway and baggage handling upgrades, among many others.
“Now is the time for the airport authority to make the investment in the Port Columbus terminal.
“The Terminal Modernisation Programme will enhance the appearance and functionality of Port Columbus in support of the airport’s role of providing essential air service to Central Ohio business and leisure travellers.”
The current Port Columbus terminal, which has potential for 8 to 10 million passengers, was built in 1958.
In the last six decades the air service industry has experienced significant changes involving security, technology and consolidations.
Roberts added: “The Terminal Modernisation Programme, which was conceived following months of intense study and research, builds upon the functional characteristics of an existing 55-year-old structure that will look and operate like new and have the capacity to serve our airline partners and central Ohio travellers with even greater efficiency.”
Work will begin in November in Concourse A where a new family restroom will be installed and existing restrooms will be completely renovated.
Meanwhile, an additional food and beverage concession will be constructed, new terrazzo flooring and carpeting will be installed, and lighting fixtures will be upgraded.
The entire project will extend through 2015 with no significant impact to operations.