LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) ------ Managers of the La Crosse Regional Airport said they are ready to move ahead with Phase II of their rehabilitation project that will make significant changes to the interior of the terminal building.
Airport management went before the La Crosse City Council Tuesday evening to seek approval to go ahead with the next phase. The La Crosse Municipal Airport will receive nearly $200,000 in state funds to design and bid two maintenance projects for runway paving and exterior repairs to the terminal building
The interior project is what airport management says will make all the difference-remains unfunded.
200-thousand passengers fly in and out of La Crosse every year but the airport hopes to increase that number by making the airport more traveler friendly. Phase II entails more seats in the terminal, installing charging stations for phones and other electronic devices and opening a restaurant.
Airport Manager Clinton Torp says there are so many reasons why having an airport like this in our backyard is worth it. "We really do have competitive fairs and then you factor in the cost of driving, parking and then maybe a night at the hotel not to mention you're not going to get through security in 10 minutes like you will in La Crosse. You're going have to get there 3 hours early and deal with the unfriendly atmosphere of larger airports."
There are also plans for three 2nd floor jet bridges, which means larger aircraft can fly in and out. They also fit into the long term plan of more direct flights.
If the planning stages of Phase 2 of the project stay on track, construction is expected to start in October. Design for this project is ongoing with an expected bid opening in July.
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