Tucson Airport Authority to vote on proposed changes

Published: Apr. 6, 2016 at 8:42 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM MST
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(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Travelers might soon notice a few changes at Tucson International Airport.

The Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors will be voting on Wednesday, April 6, to move forward with design concepts at TIA.

If approved, travelers could start seeing construction as early as next month. Airport officials hope to be finished before Thanksgiving of 2017.

Proposed improvements include changes to security checkpoints: Security could be expanding from three lines to four.

The old checkpoints will be removed and a "recomposure" area will be added. This will be an area where people can take a seat, put their jacket back on, and situate themselves after going through security. Following that, fliers will be directed up the ramp, which will have been the old security checkpoints.

Along the ramp there will be areas for passengers to grab a bite to eat.

Among other ideas, a restaurant before the security check line that will have outdoor seating overlooking the Catalinas.

Airport officials have not commented on how much the changes would cost or who would be paying for the improvements. They are waiting for the upgrades to be approved.

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