Renovations of $12.4 million have been planned for the Evansville Regional Airport, including a single security line, modern food service, and more family and children accommodations.
Construction is reported to begin this summer and should take about one year to finish. The airport’s board recently approved a $10 million loan to help fund the new furnishings and contracted a local architectural firm, Hafer. Indiana’s Regional Cities program will contribute $5 million to the renovations.
Infrastructure improvements to the terminal will include new administrative offices and a boardroom, with new paving and LED lighting, as well as canopies covering pick up and drop off areas, to be introduced outdoors.
Flyers have often complained about a lack of food options past security. In response to such complaints, a new restaurant will be added post-security, with a seating areas that will offer diners a front row view of the airport’s runway.
A children’s play area, family restrooms, and a nursing room will be additions aimed at making family flight time easier for travelers.
The renovation project was inspired by new TSA requirements. Current administrative offices in the airport are located behind where the proposed security line will form. The new plan will have one central screening area as opposed to several intermingling lines.
More than 5,200 flights depart Evansville Regional Airport each year, with over 400,000 total passengers.