The new terminal being built at the Twin County Airport, as well as other planned changes, should provide an economic boom to the Twin County area, according to airport manager Scott Stansfield.
“Modernization is going to draw businesses and people to the community. Airports really do provide an economic boom,” said Stansfield, who is a retired Air Force pilot.
Rainy weather has slowed construction of the terminal, so crews have been working overtime to make up for lost days. The completion date is now January of 2014, according to Stansfield.
The 4,000 sq. ft. facility will house “flight operations, management offices, passenger and pilot lounges, a conference room, a flight planning room and other offices. We’re also improving our equipment and updating our weather station. I’m so excited about it,” he said.
Among the future plans for the airport is an extension of the runway, which is just over 5,000 feet in length.
“We can land some small business jets now, but by extending the runway we can land larger ones and make it safer too,” said Stansfield.
The improvements are not just for the benefit of businesses that may visit or decide to relocate in the area; they are also for locals interested in aviation.
“Aviation is growing. We have people out here all the time looking to get their pilot’s license,” said Stansfield. “It’s a great way to get around. Someone, I’m not sure who, said build a mile of road and you can go a mile, build a mile of runway and you can travel the world.’”