TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - Nearly $16 million. That is how much an expansion project at the Manhattan Regional Airport is going to cost.
Nicolette Schleisman explains how the expansion is paving the way for travelers.
It is currently the fastest growing airport in the state. And now, it is getting even bigger.
The Manhattan Regional Airport broke ground on an expansion project this morning to allow for more passengers.
In 2012, more than 125 thousand travelers passed through the terminal.
"Anytime our communities can invest in our infrastructure it strengthens the community and enhances the chances that the life of the community will be around for a long time," said Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kansas.
The two phase project will add two enclosed passenger boarding bridges, more space for passengers to check in, additional seating for travelers in the terminal, and added security check points.
"Manhattan Regional Airport has a $46.3 million annual economic impact to the state," said Mayor John Matta.
The community is expanding, with the growth of Kansas State, Fort Riley and the completion of NBAF, this will help accommodate those needs.
COLONEL ANDREW COLE: "There's a lot of capability that it brings for us in terms of us for both our soldiers and their family members, we are leading the pathway now to providing open and expanded destination for our soldiers and their families," said Colonel Andrew Cole, U.S. Garrison at Fort Riley.
The airport will be open during the construction. Phase one is expected to be completed by August 2014, the entire project by summer of 2015.
Passengers will start to notice the construction effects mid November when the ticketing and bag check will move to a temporary building on the west end of the terminal.