Work is underway on the $8.2 million project. (Photo by Chinh Doan)
KILLEEN (January 23, 2012)—An $8.2 million project at Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport will expand a waiting area and food court and improve the baggage handling system.
The second-floor waiting area will be expanded by 2,800 square feet, increasing its capacity by 130 passengers.
Electrical plugs for passengers to charge electronics will be added and the food court area will be expanded.
The baggage handling and inspection system will be redesigned to meet new Transportation Security Administration standards.
An automated tag reader will be installed for baggage, Killeen spokeswoman Hillary Shine said.
"A new baggage unit will be installed to increase baggage handling capacity," Shine said.
An additional 2,100 square feet will be added to replace space lost to the new system.
TSA and Federal Aviation Administration matching grants fund most of the project.
The city's share is $646,992, which will be paid from passenger facility charges.
The construction of new retail counters at a cost of $218,618 isn’t eligible for grant funding.
American Eagle, United and Delta Airlines serve the airport, which opened in 2004.
About 30,000 people use the airport each month.