Airport construction set for completion in Summer

Pat Rhodes, Director of Aviation.
Pat Rhodes, Director of Aviation.

AMARILLO, TX - Change is in the air at Rick Husband International Airport. By this summer passengers will soon walk into a bigger and completely renovated facility.

Construction on the new concourse began in late 2007 with many changes taking place behind the scenes. However, just a few weeks ago the construction moved toward the entrance where many passengers are beginning to notice the difference.

The renovations were set to be completed in early June but because of the size of the project, it was pushed back to an undetermined date sometime this summer.

One major change is the new cell phone lot where those picking up passengers can wait for a phone call to proceed to the arrivals terminal. This addition caused the elimination of other airport features like the vehicle inspection point.

"When it was implemented shortly after 9/11 in 2001, it was a requirement. But the rules and requirements have changed over the years and it was something we didn't have to do anymore. The downside was that once we got rid of the inspection we could no longer do the 10 minute parking" said Pat Rhodes, Director of Aviation.

When the concourse is finished, full body scanners are expected to be implemented at the security check point inside the airport, said Rhodes. The new concourse will also allow more room for other carriers in the future. In fact, this month United Airlines began servicing the Amarillo area.