Construction work began Tuesday on the new Wichita Mid-Continent Airport terminal.
It wasn’t particularly exciting work, just tearing out existing infrastructure such as curbs. But it was the official start on the city’s new $101.5 million, two-floor, state-of-the art terminal.
The existing terminal, built in 1954, will remain in place until the new one is ready to open in 2015.
Plans for the new terminal began in 2001. The project is funded by a user-based fee system and a $53 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
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The terminal will be able to handle 2 million passengers annually at 12 gates, with expansion possible to 16 gates that can accommodate an additional 400,000 passengers annually.