Big Changes For Tyler Pounds

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is in for some big changes over the next 20 years, and today, board members got one last look at the master plan before they will vote to send it to the city council next month.

Board members listened to the final plan which includes projects to be done over the next 5, 10, and 20 years. It proposes adding things like new jet bridges, airplane hangars and parking areas to attract more commercial and general aviation flights. The plan also addresses runway safety issues.

Kelly Walker is the chairman of the airport advisory board.

He said, "I think the most important thing is to upgrade our standards to what will be needed twenty years from now. Heavier aircraft, and we need longer runways.  As the city and the area grow, we simply can't sit still with the current facility that we have."

The board will vote on whether to recommend the plan at their June meeting, then send it to the council for approval.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: