Cedar Rapids, IA, 2014-8-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Thank you eastern Iowa! Since December 2013, The Eastern Iowa Airport has broken its all-time record passenger numbers month after month. July 2014 numbers came in and for the 8th straight month there has been more passenger traffic than ever before.
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“This record growth is a testament to the local economy in eastern Iowa,” Said Tim Bradshaw, Airport Director. “We are thankful for the continued and growing support from the citizens of eastern Iowa who trust us with their travel and will continue to work diligently to bring the best possible service to our passengers.”
The continued growth is driving renovations and upgrades to the 27 year old terminal. To alleviate some short term constraints, the airport will be adding a passenger boarding bridge to the B gates, currently ground boarding only. In 2016, the plans are in place to build a second concourse at the B Gates that will add two additional passenger boarding bridges, expand the hold rooms in the C concourse, and expand the security check point.
In June of this year, the terminal modernization project started with the addition of a new canopy to the front of the building, renovated lobby, ticketing area, and baggage claim, and energy efficient upgrades to improve the use, function, and carbon footprint of the terminal. They will also begin a 5 year parking lot and pavement improvement project.
“We are making the facility and infrastructure improvements necessary to handle the additional passengers as well as improve the experience of our customers,” Said Bradshaw. “We know that the combination of additional passenger traffic and construction can be confusing and are doing all we can to mitigate those frustrations. We appreciate the patience of our guests as we make these much needed improvements and know the results will be worth the effort.”