It was just a few months ago when AVL was bursting at the seams. One of the fastest growing airports in the country, we were working diligently on growing our infrastructure to meet the fast-paced demand.
While demand has slowed, it will increase again. Expansion projects we prioritize now are imperative to our ability to be ready in the future. Fortunately, most of the infrastructure work underway is supported by Federal and State grant funding designated for each specific project, which helps us continue this important work. Take a look at the key projects we’re working on, all with an eye on the future.
SOUTH APRON EXPANSION
): Significant progress has been made on a project to expand the aircraft parking area south of the terminal building. This expansion is needed due to the increased number of aircraft that park overnight at the airport, as well as for future expansion of the terminal building. Slated completion date: end of 2020.
REMOTE SHUTTLE PARKING LOT: A new 300+ space remote shuttle parking lot is now complete, located directly across the road from the main entrance to the airport. (This parking lot will not be put into use until passenger traffic levels grow significantly again.)
AIRFIELD REDEVELOPMENT: This multi-year project, which will result in a new runway and an additional taxiway, is slated for completion by the end of 2020.
TERMINAL EXPANSION & MODERNIZATION: We have moved forward with the design phase for an expanded and modernized airport which is needed in our community when passenger levels grow again. We began the design project prior to the pandemic, and received significant grant funding from the U.S.D.O.T. to pay for the design. It is important to continue this strategic work, so we are ready to break ground when the time is right. The design process will take about one year.