“This airport is the gateway to the region,” says Director of the Monroe Regional Airport, Ron Phillips.
The airport received two million dollars of state funding to make interior and exterior improvements.
Phillips says, “For people flying in, who have never seen the Monroe Regional Airport before, they are excited. They’re saying wow.”
He says construction starts this week for several projects, including lighting at the entrance of the airport, a passenger lounge area and a large video board at baggage claim.
An improvement passengers might not see, but will appreciate is a new security system.
“We want to create a more safe and secure environment for our passengers,” says Phillips.
Another project in the works is adding direct flights to three different cities.
Phillips says, “We are definitely still working on trying to get the flight to Denver. We are working on trying to get a flight to Las Vegas and Orlando.”
Phillips says the goal of these improvements is to make the passenger experience more enjoyable.
He believes these projects will take about four months to complete.