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EAGLE COUNTY AIRPORT EXPANSION

A 19-month construction project, scheduled for completion in November 2019, at a cost of $33 million, is almost done and will add a second floor to the commercial terminal with expanded retail and dining space, more aircraft gates and new jetways.

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A Federal Aviation Administration grant is financing the majority of the construction, with Eagle County’s match coming from airport revenues, not tax dollars. The jet-loading bridges will be one of the biggest and best changes for passengers who will no longer face an outdoor walk from the plane to the terminal. Rather, the bridges will take them to a new gate area, located at the top of the terminal. They will then be able to take an escalator or elevator to the ground floor and out to the baggage claim area. As well, large windows on the north side of the terminal will overlook the magnificent vistas of Eagle County.