ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — Renovations at the Enterprise Municipal Airport will allow larger aircraft and hopefully spur business.
The project is funded by the city, airport, and the FAA.
The City of Progress has landed more than $2 million worth of renovations for the airport.
It could produce an economic boost when businesses and developers have easier access to the Enterprise area.
“We’re bringing our airport into the 21st century,” said Communications Director of the City of Enterprise Jason Wright.
The first stage is a new apron for planes to park.
“Our apron was weak. It’s old and what would happen when it’s hot and a big aircraft on the apron, the tires would sink into the asphalt and that not good for the apron and it’s not good for the plane,” said Wright
The next step is creating a more modern terminal.
“Our current terminal building which has been here for 50 years is outdated so this will be a new state of the art facility for people to – gateway for people to come into Enterprise,” said Interim Director of Engineering and Airport Manager Staci Adams.
A new terminal and repaving the apron bring the city more value.
“If an economic development prospect or any business wanted to locate here in our city and we couldn’t accommodate them, initially that wouldn’t look good for us,” said Wright.
City leaders hope these new renovations bring revenue.
“If any aircraft whether it be a small plane or big jet lands here, they’re gonna eat here, they’re gonna potentially shop here, may stay here.
That money would stay here in Enterprise,” said Wright.
The improvements will cost around two point four million dollars.
The FAA is picking up more than half of the cost.
The renovations are going to start within the next 90 days.
The city plans to have the project completed by the end of the year.