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Expansion Plans Continue Despite Fewer Air Travelers in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash. - Leaders at the Tri-Cities Airport say while fewer people are flying through Pasco, the plans to expand are still a go.

Port of Pasco Executive Director Jim Toomey says the airport is seeing about 5-6% fewer travelers this year than last year, which is no doubt hurting revenue.

Commissioners are currently in the planning stages of the $36 million expansion, and Toomey says they're taking extra steps to make sure the expansion plans are as cost effective as possible.

"We're going to hire a contractor and a designer and they're going to be on board at the same time," Toomey said, "and the main reason we do this is to make sure that it minimizes risk. It could potentially save time, and save money for the port district. And obviously save convenience for the traveler."

Toomey says while there may be fewer people flying in and out of Pasco right now, the airport still deals with over crowding in some areas, further validating the need to expand. 

He says the bulk of the expansion costs will come with the start of construction, about one year from now.