The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport has seen several improvements recently: updated bathrooms, new carpet, the beginning of an updated runway. What's next for the Hub City airport?
If you've ever flown out of Lubbock, you'll be no stranger to the blue basket chairs. They've been there since the airport first opened its doors, and they'll be the next to go.
"We found a way to purchase some seating at a very reasonable price. The average retail price for what we're buying is about $1.4 million dollars and we're getting the seating for less than half a million dollars," James Loomis, with the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, says.
Reupholstering through the years just couldn't change the fact that this public seating is from the 1970's.
"Age, wear and tear - public seating takes a lot of abuse from a variety of sources, so enough said about that. They're 35 years old and they're dated," Loomis says.
They're almost out the door to make room for something new and better.
"Its premiere seating. it's good, very comfortable. Once people who have traveled quite a bit come to the terminal and see it, they'll recognize them because they're in several major airports around the country," Loomis said.
But new chairs aren't the only thing making the Hub City's airport more comfortable.
"We've done all sorts of things to this facility. We've upgraded the restrooms, we've changed the carpet on the backside, and we're in the midst of a million-dollar runway project that is necessary to make that runway comply with requirements," Loomis said.
You might be wondering where the money is coming from for these changes. Loomis says the airport is run like a business and they get money in from airlines paying to land, businesses paying rent, and people paying to park. No taxpayer money is used.
Loomis says the new public seating should be in place by the end of the summer.
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