ModernArt - Its nothing personal...just depends if you are from that part of the country you may not know any better. Toledo was given the nickname as well as Glass Capital of the World with the headquarters of Libbey Glass, Owens Corning, Owens Illinois, and Libbey-Owens-Ford (now part of Pilkington, north American HQ
is still downtown). Though Corning, NY does have their share of the lime light as well.
TanFlyr - I agree with the comments, Metro would add to the confusion with Detroit.
Jim - If Jamie Farr's name is put on the airport, I think the staff at all the airlines will hang themselves. LOL Spend an hour in TOL
and count the number of times you hear "This is Toledo's own Jamie Farr..." (IOW, he was recorded for the security announcements).
Now about the airport expansion it will come in phases. The master plan was completed 6 months ago and bids are going out and being accepted.
- A new $200k FIDS system will be installed later this year.
- The new control tower is at the second to last step to go to construction (FAA simulation). Once it clears that bids will go out to designers and construction companies. We should see the new tower up in the next 2 years.
- The new terminal (http://www.flytoledo.com
) will come in phases. I have been told initial construction on the terminal will start next year with major construction on the new west wing in 2005. It will be expanded from 3 to 5 gates (3 bridges and 2 lower level gates - as of now). The central part will remain with 2 bridges and the east wing will go from 3 to 4 (2 bridges and 2 lower level) gates. Now these are just from the computer generated graphics, I haven't see the actual blue prints yet. Therefore the end numbers of gates will likely be much greater with expansion flexibility.
So far this year the new landscaping project is almost done and the parking lot upgrades complete. They will be installing a new road side display sign for the airport later this year, early next - hence the reason why I think it may be best to change the name now rather then later.