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Airport board hears update on construction projects

by Greg Bischof | June 23, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Texarkana Regional Airport. (Gazette file photo)

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- While work on the upward construction of Texarkana Regional Airport's passenger terminal is ongoing, the Authority Board on Thursday received an update on the work closer to the ground.

Executive Director Paul Mehrlich reported that work on the north taxiway is complete and that work on the terminal parking lot design has started.

Mehrlich said Arkansas state officials plan to contribute $7oo,000 to the parking lot construction.

An obstruction survey being conducted by the federal Transportation Security Administration is ongoing, Mehrlich said. The survey aims to ensure no trees lines obstruct pilots' view of the runway during landing.

Regarding passenger business, Mehrlich said American Airlines is running strong, with up to 90% passenger occupancy. United is at 46% capacity, which the director expects to increase to 60% over the summer.

"We're also starting to see more air travelers coming here from Oklahoma and Louisiana, so it's starting to look good," he said.

In other business, Mehrlich reported there is no date to move the 1952 radar dome to an Ohio-based Cold War museum in Ohio. However, the director said there is an agreement that once the move begins, the museum cannot leave the dome lying in the pieces at the airport.

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