Texarkana Regional Airport inaugurates new American Airlines terminal
TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL / KMSS) – After months of waiting, the American Airlines multi-million dollar terminal project at Texarkana Regional Airport is finally underway.
Many Texarkana officials and community members gathered to witness the grand opening of American Airlines’ second terminal. The first terminal was built in 1960.
“Sponsor Texarkana and don’t drive all the way to Little Rock or Dallas or Shreveport. We really need them to buy tickets. In fact, tickets are very affordable outside of Texarkana,” the former board member said. directors, Don Ruggles.
Executive Director Paul Mehrlichm says they hope to attract more travelers across the four-state area. By encouraging people to leave Texarkana instead of other surrounding airports. Officials say the goal is to eventually have four airlines.
“This airport is really being built for our local community. You know, we want people to come here and have a really good, comfortable experience. And uh – really be able to walk anywhere in the world from their own backyard, ”Mehrlichm said.
In the midst of the celebration, many people were able to board and visit one of the oldest flying DC-3s in the world. One of the first flying planes was the flagship Texarkana.
Local companies like the Texarkana Emergency Center, Famer’s Bank and Trust, and Eagles Distributing sponsored the DC-3 aircraft.
“When I travel for business or pleasure, I try to get in and out of the Texarkana Regional Airport just because it’s so easy to get in and out. You are going to Dallas, or Little Rock or Shreveport, you have to worry about parking. You have to worry about the costs for your car. And getting your luggage in and out is much more difficult. It’s a hometown feel here, ”Dr Matt Young, Texarkana’s local health authority.
Mehrlich says the $ 36 million project is funded by grants to aviation and the Department of Public Transportation.
The terminal is expected to be completed by 2024.