Community and airport leaders Thursday announced a plan to expand the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport terminal. The expansion will create additional flights while significantly increasing the size of the waiting area, baggage handling and pick-up areas. The project will add three full-time and several part-time positions, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.
Since the time of the airport’s 1993 Master Plan Update, more than $26 million in federal, state and local funds have been invested in improving the airfield's infrastructure. Several runways have been extended, and the airport now boasts the third longest runway in Kentucky.
The improved airfield was critical to the airport’s attraction of Allegiant Airlines in February 2009, which offers flights to and from Orlando, Fla. Allegiant recently announced a new passenger service from Owensboro to Las Vegas beginning in October.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved the airport for a no-interest loan to help facilitate the improvements.