Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$50 Million Airport Expansion Sought

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$50 Million Airport Expansion Sought

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A proposal for a $50 million expansion at Will Rogers World Airport, projected for completion in the year 2000, was pr esented Thursday to the Oklahoma City Airport Trust by Leroy Hansen, director of airports.

Hansen was authorized to mail a brochure outlining the improvements to "targeted airlines" considered potential hub operators at the Oklahoma City airport.

The 16-page booklet details projected improvements to the Oklahoma City airport, including two additional concourses and a new 13.5-acre aircraft apron for the project, all part of the Oklahoma City master plan.

"Using a normal construction schedule, an airline hub could occupy the new concourse and be on-stream by mid-1988," the booklet claims.

Concourse A, which would lead off construction at the facility sometime late in 1986 or early 1987, would be added to the west of existing facilities. It has been roughly estimated to cost $14 million, according to Hansen.

The first new concourse will initially offer 11 more boarding gates with the potential to expand to 13, according to the booklet. The airport currently boasts 16 boarding gates.

The proposed aircraft apron will "accept a wide airline fleet mix with generous space for equipment operations and airline servicing areas on the ground level close to the aircraft positions," the booklet said.

In addition, improvements to terminal access roads and ramps leading up to the terminal would cost an approximate $5.6 million, Hansen said.

The ramps would be widened from four to eight lanes, he said.

Concourse A will have its own baggage makeup and claim facilities, with flexibility for separate baggage sorting facilities which could be located under the departure area as well if the hub operator desired, according to the plan. …

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