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Passengers react to using old terminal one last time

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Flight 5351 came in from Atlanta Tuesday night and will be the last group of passengers that will ever step foot in the old terminal at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

The passengers say they are glad to be making history.

"It’s exciting just to know that I’ve been coming through here for 20 years almost 29 years and to know that we're the last one's and then they will be starting a new terminal, it’s awesome,” said Kim Moore.

"Well it's a good feeling; I've come in often to this airport, great to see that they have something new," said Moore.

Workers were busy tonight moving the transportation security administration security equipment. They are working to get the area ready for the new passengers who will walk through the terminal doors on Wednesday morning.

"Tomorrow when we leave out we will be the first crew to come through and it will be awesome,” Stanford Williamson.

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport director, Yvette Ahele believes more passengers will want to come through the new terminal's doors, which means more business for the city of Albany.

"I mean obviously if we have a progressive and new model terminal, that's going to say something to people who might bring business to the city and that's what we're hoping will happen with the building,” said Yvette Ahele.

Now they’ll just have to wait and see how much traffic comes through these new doors and the benefit the new terminal has for the city.

The first flight out of the new terminal is scheduled to take off about six o'clock tomorrow morning.  Airport officials encourage passengers to arrive a little early just in case any unexpected problems pop up.

The terminal cost $11 million and the next phase of the project is demolishing the old terminal that was used since the 1950s.

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