Upgrades Continue at AZO
With Old Terminal Demolition
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Contact David E. Reid, 388-3690
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The modernization and expansion of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport continues, as demolition work begins on the “old” terminal building.
While passersby on Portage Road may be aware of the more visible improvement work on Taxiway C, interior demolition has started on the two-story building that served as the airport’s main terminal for more than a half century.
The building will come down by the end of November and site restoration will be completed by spring. That site, south of the new terminal, will be used as a cell lot and flight viewing area.
Recent work is part of an overall improvement and expansion plan at the airport that has been going on over the past five years. Airport traffic increased thru 2014 and commercial service has been expanding. New United Airlines flights will begin December 9.
“Add this work to the new terminal, the new traffic control tower, the recent expansion and improved service from Delta,” says Airport Director David E. Reid, “and you see a reflection of the economic growth and prosperity of this region. Our presence, we feel, contributes to that growth.”
The current 95,000-square foot terminal was opened in 2011, replacing the 80,000-square-foot facility.
Reid credits the strategic work of the governing Aeronautics Board for carrying out the strategic transition of the property, including the development of fixed-base operations. “They made sure we had all the funds to carry out the work, and gave us the direction to maintain our orderly growth.”
The airport received a $1.469 million federal grant last year to purchase 68 acres and to make physical improvements to the airfield.