Created: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:16:00 CST
Updated: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:44:40 CST
After much anticipation, Central Nebraska's travelers could soon be using a new passenger terminal when flying in and out of Grand Island.
This morning the Airport Authority at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport approved a nearly 14 million dollar bid to build that terminal.
Airport Director Mike Olson says the airport received three bids. Airport Authority selected the lowest bid from Hausmann Construction of Lincoln.
The project doesn't start just yet. Olson says the fate of the terminal now depends on federal approval, but he is hopeful shovels will be in the ground by October 1-st.
A study earlier this year called the airport irreplaceable after it found the yearly economic impact of the Central Nebraska Regional Airport is 158 million dollars.
And more good news announced for the airport, the number of boardings from the airport continues to soar. For the month of June,
the number of travelers was up 8% from last year.
So far in 2014, the airport has had 30,000 boardings. That number is up from 28,000 for the same time last year.
Including the new passenger terminal, the airport is expected to spend a total of 25 million dollars on improvements over the next five years.