Following a record-breaking year serving 1,907,499 passengers in 2017, the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, USA, has announced plans for a terminal modernisation project.

Dane County executive Joe Parisi has allocated $25 million for a project to update and expand the airport’s terminal and infrastructure.

Phase I of the multi-year project will include the selection of consultants to complete the design, engineering, architecture, and timeline development, with a majority of construction, renovations, and retrofits beginning in 2019. The first phase of the project will also include replacement of aircraft boarding bridges which will begin in 2018.

“The Dane County Regional Airport is part of the economic engine of this region,” said Parisi. “We have world-class businesses here, and we are proud that we have a world-class hub for both business and leisure travellers. Growth and expansion of the airport is key to the quality of life and growing jobs right here in Dane County.”

Focus areas for the modernisation will include: gate seating areas, restrooms, security, safety and access systems, and eco-responsible HVAC systems for bridges, seating and common areas, and additional jet boarding bridges.

“As the Dane County Regional Airport continues to add flights to desired destinations and serve more travellers, updates and expansions are necessary for both the quality of the travel experience, as well as security and efficiency,” said airport director Bradley Livingston, AAE. “This airport is at the forefront of design and amenities, and we are committed to continuing to ensure that the Dane County Regional Airport remains the preferred choice for all travellers.”

The airport has seen strong growth, with the addition of non-stop flights to Las Vegas in 2017 and upcoming non-stop flights to Philadelphia and San Francisco.

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