By Cassie L. Smith
The future of the Waco Regional Airport is under review, and the public is invited to learn more about the project and the direction local leaders hope to take.
A new airport master plan will guide the next 20 years of the airport and outline expected development costs, financing methods and management options. The draft covers the future role of the airport in local, regional and national systems and outlines a growing demand for a larger terminal and increased air service for the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is expected to add more than 31,500 people in the next 21 years, according to the document.
The public information workshop will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the airport terminal building, 7909 Karl May Drive. The come-and-go session is meant to inform residents about the airport’s overall maintenance, development and operations.
Guests will hear about proposed construction projects that involve runways, drainage, safety areas, the terminal buildings and parking, Waco Regional Airport manager Joel Martinez said. The master plan is close to completion as city officials work to share the information with the public, Martinez said. It is expected to be finalized by June, he said.
American Eagle operates the airport’s only commercial flights: five daily nonstop trips to Dallas-Fort Worth.