BTW, Dash 80, do you know if there are any terminal construction/expansion plans in the works for Eppley?
A plan has been in the works for a new terminal at OMA for quite some time now. The design would create a long linear concourse that would start at the current north satellite and end at the current employee parking lot. It would allow for 35-40 gates. I am unsure as to amount of increased capacity it would create. Prior to Sept 11th, it looked like it would happen within the next 5-7 years, but now with enplanements down, it'll probably be after 10 years. The Airport Authority Board doesn't want to commit to anything until they see a large increase in operations. The current management is trying to attract Alaska Airlines, AirTran, and even JetBlue to help with this increase. I personally believe that a new terminal is the crowning achievement the current director is looking for before he retires.
Besides the other things I mentioned earlier I forgot to say they are looking to expand the freight forwarding area (which may mean more FedEx widebodies
) and put another 1000' on the approach end of 14L.
...where the rubber hits the runway...