PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah, Kentucky will get a new airport terminal.
Governor Andy Beshear was joined by Judge Executive Craig Clymer, Mayor Brandi Harless, Dennis Rouleau, Barkley Airport Executive Director Sandra Wilson and Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce President to make the announcement.
Beshear said Kentucky’s Department of Aviation has committed $5 million to the project.
The award from the Kentucky Department of Aviation along with $20 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding will go toward the project to build a new 30,000 square foot terminal.
This will accommodate more modern and efficient utilities, ADA compliant bathrooms and security upgrades. Beshear said the project will also provide expanded parking lots, a new entrance road to the facility and a new terminal apron.
Watch the announcement below:
He said the new terminal will bring new business to the area as well as make it easier for residents to move in and out of western Kentucky.
Beshear said the project has been termed the region’s “airport for our future,” which will replace and revamp the existing facilities.
Mayor Harris said this process is three years in the making.
This funding moves the long-awaited project forward, taking it one step closer to construction.
The announcement took place at 9 a.m. at the airport on Monday, Feb. 24.
The Barkley Regional Airport is one of six commercial airports in the state.
It provides twice-daily service to Chicago O’Hare on United Express Airlines operated by Sky West Airlines.
Beshear said replacing the outdated terminal eliminates space limitations hindering further growth, like accommodating additional airlines, larger aircraft, indoor retail vendors and future opportunities.