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Consultant Says Profits Would Soar with Tri-Cities Airport Expansion

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Ron Foraker and consultant brief port commissioners on airport expansion project. Ron Foraker and consultant brief port commissioners on airport expansion project.

PASCO, WA - A consultant says the Tri-Cities Airport could bring in more than one-and-a-half million dollars a year in food and retail sales after it remodels the terminal.

The consultant told the port commissioners Thursday that estimated revenue is 50-percent more than what the airport earns now from food and retail.

The consultant, who has worked with other similar sized airports in developing concession programs, recommends the expansion of the Tri-Cities airport terminal include 6,000 square feet of food services and retail shops in the remodel.

Airport Manager Ron Foraker says the consultant's conclusions fall in line with the port's goal, which is to have the $36 million expansion pay for itself.

"Concessions is one of the factors that will go into making the revenue bonds pay the revenue bonds for the construction project," Foraker says. "Along with that we have our parking lot, our car rentals, and airline revenues that come in."

"It's just the users, the folks who come in to use the Tri-Cities Airport will be paying the fees that are going to go against the cost of the project."

Food services and retail space would also be included in secure areas where passengers wait to board their flights.

The port plans to start remodeling the airport terminal next summer and finish by 2016.

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