People who frequently fly out of Huntsville International Airport got new details about how much the airport is going to grow.
“We fly back and forth maybe eight or nine times a year. I think the possibility of having 18 gates, I think that will make the possibility to fly to so many more places,” said Barbara Murphy.
The new master plan maps out long-term improvements of the airfield, terminal and areas surrounding the airport.
“If we’re here in the terminal and we have growth in the passenger activity, it may mean that we have more gates, maybe we need have larger holding room facilities, increase the size of our security screening areas for example,” said Philip Jufko, Director Of Aviation Planning.
The master plan also looks at the possibility of adding more restaurants, restrooms and a longer run way.
“The taxiway connectors need to be large enough to handle the larger aircraft that we’re operating out here. Right now or critical aircraft is Boeing 747-8 and that handles a lot of cargo activity outside of Huntsville, and we need to make sure that aircraft can move about the airport according to FAA standards,” said Jufko.
The master plan addresses the needs of a growing city like Huntsville, not just at the moment but up to 20 years from now.
“The forecast that we come up with for both operationally speaking, landing and take offs, passengers, or cargo, we look at the socioeconomic growth here in Huntsville. We also look at the regional growth her in the southeast,” said Jufko.