Airport construction frustrates passengers

Airport construction frustrates passengers

POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 1:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 7:43pm

Director of Aviation guarantees it'll be worth it

The El Paso International Airport looks a little messy now. After EP City Council approved a $139 million project for more upgrades, you can guarantee the hardhats, noise and detours will continue.

Six hours of driving lie ahead for John Gonzalez and his son, Johnny. They're headed to Lubbock for Johnny's Freshman year of college at Texas Tech.

"It's a little bit chaotic," John said. "I'm not going to lie".

Before renting a car at the airport, they've got to navigate the mess.

The construction on the walkways and drop off area should be complete by the holidays, but the renovations will be going on for a couple more years. El Paso City council approved a $139 million project that includes building a new rental car parking garage and terminal, reconstructing the runway and laying a new taxi way.

"I think when its done our passengers will certainly be happy with it, but we appreciate the fact that it does it is an inconvenience during the construction," said Director of Aviation, Monica Lombrana.

Construction begins on the new rental car three story building next summer and should be complete by 2016.

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