The construction of the new Panama City – Bay County International Airport is ahead of schedule. The entire 1300 acres of the initial footprint is cleared with crews to start paving the main entry way from 388 in the next couple of weeks.
The recent approval of the state budget that included $12 million from the state will fund the first extension of the runway. Day one of operation for the new airport will include a full 10,000 foot runway. In addition, all the preparatory work will be done so that when they need to lengthen the runway to the full 12,000 feet, it will take a mere matter of months.
Something else that is cool about the construction of the new airport is that the terminal will be LEED certified using all recycled material. The stormwater treatment will be 50% greater than what is required.
There will be an additional 1400 acres outside the airport property that will be used for commercial development.
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The current airport wears the “international” badge, but really only services very few flights (less than 3 a month) from international waters, specifically, the Caribbean. The new airport will have the facilities to service from a greater array of international destinations with full customs and immigrations facilities built into the terminal.
At the current airport site, there is no room to expand the General Aviation possibilities. The new airport site will have virtually unlimited GA possibilities.
With the heightened gas prices, the construction contractor has begun working almost 24/7 to get as much work done before fuel costs go much higher. The cost is the same, based on their bid, so their profit margin goes down as their costs go up.
They will start taking bids on construction of the terminal this summer with them to start construction late this summer or fall 2008.
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