CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- At just more than three years old, the Bailey Terminal at the Charlotte County Airport is already being outgrown. The commercial airline terminal was built after Hurricane Charley with the purpose of attracting commercial airline traffic to the county. Not only has it succeeded, but it might be easy to say that it has worked too well. According to Airport Director Gary Quill, there were over 180,000 travelers that passed through the terminal last year.
"At certain times we were maxed out," Quill said. "People are literally standing outside at times, so we're trying to make it a little more comfortable for the traveling public."
Last week, the Airport Authority decided to do something about it. They voted to move forward on a project that would expand the terminal to three times its present size.
"We will be kicking that off, and hopefully in the next six to nine months we might have some construction," Quill said.
The $3 million expansion combined with a $4 million air traffic control tower that is already being built could pave the way for new flight destinations and even new carriers at the airport.