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GTRA completes new-look terminal

LOWNDES COUNTY — The Golden Triangle Regional Airport’s (GTRA’s) new $1.5-million terminal expansion and renovation is officially open for business. The ribbon-cutting this morning marked the completion of the first major renovation at the terminal since 1994.

Speaking at the celebration was Rans Black, manager for the Jackson Region Airports Office of the FAA, said, “This terminal expansion is a result of planning and foresight by the airport authority and a great example of how a partnership between the FAA and the airport can support the communities they serve.”

The renovation project includes the addition of a 6,000-square-foot seating area that will hold up to 160 passengers past the screening checkpoint and an additional gate for boarding. Upgrades to terminal lighting, cooling systems, flooring and other building modifications have been complete.

GTR executive director Mike Hainsey pointed out that the improvements will help meet the air travel needs of GTR passengers. “We designed these changes to keep up with the industrial growth in our area both now and in the future,” he said.

Hainsey added that the terminal project is part of $15 million in airport improvements planned in the next 12 months. In addition to the terminal, the major projects include installation of a state-of-the-art instrument landing system, a runway extension to increase safety and capacity and a renovation of the parking area.

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