Construction on the new terminal at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport is meeting the end of a project that took 25 weeks to plan and build. It will open Oct. 31, a day earlier than initially expected.
“Everything is moving very fast and very busy, and we have our eyes on the end product,” Bill Hopper, Aviation Director for the airport, said.
Passengers waiting for their flights will be able to read a book and enjoy the outdoors in the nearly complete courtyard. Benches will be brought into the area before opening day.
However, if food is more of a go-to for some passengers, a new restaurant, bar and Dunkin’ Donuts will be available for those to grab a bite and drink before hopping on their next flight. However, business won’t begin until Nov. 1.
“Overnight from the 30th to the 31st, we’re going to move the airline ticket counters over to the new part so people checking in for their flights on October 31st will be doing it in the new facility,” Hopper said.
For the dog lovers out there, a pet relief area is set to go for those traveling furry friends.
Construction crews are still on that 24/7 schedule cutting, digging and painting to make sure the facility is in good shape for opening day next week.