After more than two years of construction, the new "Front Door to Tyler" was open for touring Saturday.
It was open house at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport's new terminal this afternoon. East Texans and honored guests alike got their first look at the state of the art air facilities. Nearly two thousand people came out for open house at the new facility.
Tyler mayor Joey Seeber said, "Today was a giant step forward for the city of Tyler and for all of East Texas, we have a first class airport terminal for all of our citizens. It's the front door to Tyler, and it's a beautiful facility that we're all going to be able to use."
During the ribbon cutting ceremonies, Tyler received a pleasant surprise. Texas has received over 36 million dollars to improve it's aviation facilities, and Governor Rick Perry announced some of that money was coming to East Texas. "Tyler Pounds Field was one of those," Perry revealed, "that received over one million dollars for improved security checkpoints."
The new terminal is state of the art, and even more impressive, is already paid for. Thanks to the half cent sales tax and FAA grants, the fifteen million dollar terminal is paid for free and clear. "Tyler gives a great show of leadership when it comes to building a transportation terminal and how to do it," Perry said, "and not have to wait on the federal government or any other private sector moneys."