The City of Tyler made a special announcement today involving Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. Beginning in May passengers there will not deplane as they're doing right now. Instead, they'll be able to use passenger boarding bridges that the City of Tyler is installing.
City officials say they've had the project in mind since the building was planned in the late 1990s. It's something that passengers, airline officials and city officials have been asking for. City officials say the addition is going to have a number of benefits.
"The jet bridge has the ability to connect to any aircraft that comes in through Tyler pounds and then the passengers will unload and go straight through to the terminal and not have to be outside during inclement weather," said Tyler mayor Joey Seeber.
Officials say the total cost of the project is $1.1 million. The City of Tyler is paying for $55,000. The rest of the money is coming from the FAA. The money the city is paying is coming from the half cent sales tax, to the project is paid for.