Columbia explores airport expansion as passenger volume takes off

The Columbia City Council sits ready to determine the cost of future passenger, plane and parking expansions at the growing Columbia Regional Airport, which has had a steady increase in passenger volume since 2012.

Parsons Brinckerhoff, a New York City-based engineering and design firm hired by the city in April, presented the council with three options for terminal construction and repair on Monday night at a work session.

The proposals include a new terminal building, more gates for planes, rental car space and additional parking.

Adam Novak, an aviation planner with Parsons Brinckerhoff, said the firm projects the population of the airport’s service area to increase from 479,000 in 2012 to 542,000 by 2030.

The cost of the work will be determined when the city decides how it wants to proceed.

Read more: Columbia Missourian


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