|Terminal Naming a Tribute to Former Congressman|
|(News Article from The Scranton Times, October 25, 2003)|
Construction will begin soon on the two-level, 127,000-square-foot terminal next to the current terminal.
The structure of concrete, steel and glass, scheduled for completion in about two years, will include a concourse with eight boarding gates. Six of the boarding gates will include passenger boarding bridges. The building will also include general circulation and holding areas.
The main level of the terminal will include airline ticketing, ticket queuing and baggage claim and rental car counter areas. Upstairs, people can greet passengers arriving at the airport, grab dinner or a snack or visit the newsstand/gift shop.
This new building will replace the existing terminal, which was built in 1959 and renovated in 1982 and 1991.
"When we relate this to the highways, the future railroad system, we're going to be competitive with any area of the United States for the best jobs," Mr. Kanjorski said.
After the ceremony, Mr. Kanjorski said the "modern. eye-catching" terminal would pave the way for direct and indirect economic development.
"If there is no competent air service, we're going to be left behind," he said.
Mr. McDade said the expansion would help draw more passengers.
The Airport and Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties will pay $5 million of the cost. Most of the funding, $28.4 million, will come from the federal government; $6.7 million will come from the state, and another $3.6 million will come from revenue raised through the $4.50 passenger facility charge tacked on to each ticket.
Construction of the parking garage, new lot, roadways and some electrical work in the airfield totaled about $20 million.
Overall for the project, federal grants are paying nearly $38.3 million; the state is funding $10.9 million, and Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties and the Airport are funding nearly $13.8 million.