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SPLOST funds will be needed for new airport

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  When Southwest Georgia Regional Airport builds a new terminal security cameras will be added, improving security.

Those plans are moving forward thanks to federal money. The airport received a $620,806 grant to finish the design phase. The project is expected to go out for bid in November. The new terminal will be built behind the current building. It will meet security requirements that require parking areas be kept farther away from terminals. It should also get updated security equipment, but the project will need local funding.

"The FAA is only paying fro 76 percent of the terminal job because there's areas in the terminal that the FAA doesn't normally fund such as revenue producing areas such as rental cars, airlines, restaurant facilities so that all has to be born by the city so I'm going to ask for that to be included on the SPLOST referendum," said Yvette Aehle, Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Director.

One of the goals in the new terminal construction is to put rest rooms on the other side of the security checkpoint. The new terminal design is also expected to be more consumer friendly.


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