Fayetteville airport officials plan for expansion

The Associated Press

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FAYETTEVILLE — Officials at Fayetteville Regional Airport are beginning their planning for the first major renovation since the terminal opened in 1969.

The Fayetteville Observer reports airport director Brad Whited said the project will cost about $25 million, and construction could start as early as 2017. A preliminary study on the scope and cost is expected to wrap up early next year, following public workshops this fall.

Whited said the Federal Aviation Administration is planning to give the city $20 million toward the project, with half of that already budgeted for fiscal 2017. Whitted said the other half likely would come in fiscal 2018.

According to Whitted, the 45-year-old terminal building is cramped and outdated in several ways. He said the airport is growing faster than projected nearly a decade ago.

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