Alaska Air upgrades Nome Airport

Alaska Airlines today announced it will provide a $3.5 million upgrade at its Nome Airport terminal in Nome, Alaska. Construction is scheduled to begin in early June 2006 and be completed in March 2007. The project will include renovating and expanding the passenger lobby, secured passenger area, cargo facility and ground service equipment area, as well as paving the customer parking lot and connecting the terminal building to city water and sewer lines.

“Our customers traveling into and out of Nome will soon have an expanded and enhanced facility that will better accommodate their needs, and improve their travel experience,” said Ed White, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of corporate real estate. White explained that with post-9/11 increased security measures, the airline needs more space at the Nome Airport to serve growing numbers of passengers and cargo shipments.

Alaska Airlines built the existing Nome Airport terminal building in 1985. The upgrade will expand the original terminal lobby area by nearly 1,500 square feet, an increase of about 50 percent. It will expand the cargo facility by about 30 percent and the ground-service equipment area by about 15 percent. An Alaska-based contractor will manage the construction.

The airline operates three daily flights to and from Nome and expects minimal disruption to its Nome operations as a result of the construction.