PSU Board of Trustees Approves Architect for Airport Construction”

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The University Park Airport is one step closer to getting some upgrades, thanks to an approval by the Penn State Board of Trustees.

An architect has been approved for a $35 million project, that will improve portions of the airport where bigger planes arrive and depart.

The improvements include rehabilitating Taxiway A, adding paved shoulders and other safety measures.
Some renovations haven’t been updated in 25 years in some cases.
Bryan Rodgers, Director of the University Park airport says these improvements could help to potentially bring in more flights and more airlines to the airport.

“We see those types of aircraft now, large narrow body aircraft, 737s, airbus 19320s, 757s, we see those types of aircraft now, but the goal is to improve our taxiway system so we can better accommodate them much more easier than what we do now,” Bryan Rogers, Director, for University Park Airport, said.

Frequent flyers who say they’re excited about the possibility of more flying options, because sometimes smaller airports are limited in what they offer.
“I think it would be great if we could fly in on Delta, if delta had more flights it would be awesome,” Kelly Worman, said as she was arriving at the University Park Airport.

Airport staff are now working on the design of the improvements.
Rodgers says there should not be any negative impact to flyers while construction is going on, which  should begin in 2020.  No word yet on how long it will take.


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