FAA approves money for Springfield airport expansion

Thursday, April 10, 2008

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a $5 million discretionary grant for construction of a new terminal at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

The grant is the third and final federal check for the airport's new midfield terminal project.

In all, the FAA has provided $17.8 million of the project's $116.9 million cost.

The new terminal is more than 40 percent complete. It is expected to open early next year.

Missouri Sen. Kit Bond said the new terminal will help the airport meet growing passenger demand.

Congressman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said it will give the city a key tool to attract visitors to the Ozarks.

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