The new Washington-Warren Airport terminal will officially reopen on Memorial Day. The old terminal was destroyed back in July 2012 after a gustnado.
The new terminal carries a price tag of more than $1.1 million dollars, of which Washington only had to cover about $35,000. The rest was covered with insurance funds, and state and federal dollars.
Officials with the airport said they are hopeful it will help with economic development by providing a good first impression to CEO’s possibly looking to bring business to the county.
“They can see that it’s nice, that the people care about the community, and it can provide a more up scale attitude and facility for people coming in,” said Gilbert Alligood, the Chairman of the Airport Advisory Board.
Alligood said the new terminal offers CEOs and people on business ventures amenities like resting areas, conference rooms, and multipurpose rooms that weren’t present in the old building.
Allen Lewis, Washington’s Public Works Director, said the reopening of the terminal will also help the airport’s business as well.
“We lost a lot of business. We lost a lot of aircraft and everything that were based out of here,” Lewis said.
Prior to the storm in 2012, the airport added about $1.2 million to the county each year. Alligood said he expects that number to go up when the new terminal opens.
“When that’s occurring, you know that’s a pretty decent bit coming into the community,” Alligood said. “And that should improve significantly with the new terminal.”
Currently, about 50 planes use the Washington-Warren Airport each month, but officials said they expect that number to increase.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the airport on Monday at 2 p.m.