A $4 millionmakeover is now complete at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.
A new mini food court, a larger area for baggage return and more air conditioning are among the improvements.
Outside the terminal, the parking lot has been expanded, the entrance road repaved and the front of the building has been repainted.
Airport officials hope the renovations will attract not only new passengers but new airlines as well.
“We have discussions going on with actually three airlines, two daily service airlines and another leisure type of service. Things are going well,” said Director of Aviation Dan Dickten.
The money for the renovations came from bonds provided by the Trumbull County Economic Development Department.
Another expansion project in the works at the airport is the acquisition of property next to the runway.
The Western Reserve Port Authority agreed Thursday to purchase property on state Route 193 from the Trumbull County land bank.
The adjacent property, formerly the Airport Inn, has sat vacant for many years.
The Port Authority doesn’t have any specific plans for the property at this time other than demolishing the building.
“One way or another, we see value in it,” said Rose Ann Deleon, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority. “Certainly, any property that comes around the airport we want to look at and hopefully put to good use for the community.”
One idea for the property would be a cell phone waiting lot where people could park until flights have landed, then pick up passengers rather than circling the airport.
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