Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wichita city leaders participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new terminal at Mid-Continent Airport today.
The new terminal, scheduled to open in 2015, is a $160 million project called Air Capital Terminal 3. It will replace the existing Mid-Continent terminal, which was built in 1954.
"There's not many airline terminals in the entire United States that are as old as this one. As a result, it's functionally obsolete. It doesn't operate as well as it should from a passenger and airline standpoint," said Victor White, director of Wichita Airport Authority.
The new terminal will have 12 gates with loading bridges. In addition, the new terminal will showcase the city's aviation history to passengers and visitors of the airport.
"That first impression when they come, we want that to be the best impression, where they walk into our city and they say, 'You know, this is really beautiful and I can't wait to see what else the city has to offer,'" said Mayor Carl Brewer.
No local tax dollars are planned to be used for the construction of the new terminal. The project will be funded by users of the airport system.
The construction project is expected to create an estimated 1,250 direct jobs.