Merger jump starts airport expansion

Merger jump starts airport expansion
MGN Online
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 2:37pm

In preparation for the announcement by the Department of Justice that American Airlines and U.S.. Airways could merge, the El Paso International Airport planned a merger and expansion of their own.

The airport might be on the smaller side, but some travelers say it's also clear cut and easy.

"Big airports are big airports and they are confusing and you're always running around ," she said. "There's all kinds of people pushing you and so this is very very nice".

Within the next couple of years, parts will be expanded. U.S.. Airways will move over to the American Airlines terminal in response to their merger. The two airlines make up about 30% of business at the airport.

"We're just hoping that it'll open up new routes and especially open us up more to the east coast, because we don't have a lot of connecting flights over to the east coast and that's what we're looking for, " said Monica Lombrana, Director of Aviation at El Paso International Airport.

Before the new routes, flights and money can come to the airport, there's one difficulty airport management has to overcome.

"We have to see where we can actually add onto the terminal," Lombrana said. "As you know, this is a very old terminal. We're very constrained for space as to which areas we can expand upon".

They hope to start construction in the next year and a half.

Another expansion at the airport is a building that will house all rental car businesses plus the cars. Construction will start next May and it's expected to be finished around August 2016.

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