City Council approves $7.2 million grant for Preston Smith International Airport

Facelift for Lubbock airport
Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 10:55 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, with approval from the Lubbock City Council, officially accepted a $7.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Terminal Building Improvements Project on Thursday.

The project is expected to cost about $35 million in total, with $12 million expected in grant funding.

One of the more noticeable changes will be moving the screening station from the middle of the building to an end to provide more space, with the hopes this will allow TSA to have a designated pre-check area. On the other end of the terminal: an expanded baggage claim area. There are also some cosmetic changes coming.

"It hasn't had a major face lift really since it opened," said Kelly Campbell, Executive Director of Aviation for the airport. "This will allow us to do those things, address things like the flooring, paint, the ceilings, the lighting, and really improve the functionality of the building as well."

Campbell did mention that this project is still in the design phase though.

"I think it's probably important that from the public's perspective, everybody's really excited about the project," Campbell mentioned. "That's great and we're excited that they're excited about it but we are probably at least six months from construction commencement. So, we've got a little ways to go."

The City Council's role is not done with this project, though, as many more aspects will need approval from the city.

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