City to host open house at airport

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The City of Greenville’s Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport has a new look.

On Thursday, city officials will hold an open house to show off the improvements made to the airport’s terminal.

In recent years, the city has used Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grants to extend the runway to 5,500 feet, upgrade the lights along the runway, construct a taxiway that extends the length of the runway, place a new roof on the terminal, add a new heating and cooling unit to the terminal, upgrade the terminal’s electrical and plumbing systems and make improvements to the terminal to ensure that it meets the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

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Airport manager Travis Capps said the building, which was constructed in 1978 and opened in 1979 had become dated during its more than two decades of service. He felt it was necessary to update the building to give those flying into the airport a proper view of the Camellia City.

“When business people fly into the airport and step off the aircraft, this is their first look at Greenville,” Capps said. “We only get one chance to make a first impression.”

Mayor Dexter McLendon said the improvements to the facility are easily noticeable.

“It’s really impressive,” he said. “We’re proud of what we’ve been able to do out there, and we want to show it off to everyone.”

The open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. City officials will discuss the improvements to the facility at 5:30 p.m.