Airport gears up for busy winter season |

Airport gears up for busy winter season

— The construction continues at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and airport officials want to make sure things run smoothly as the busy winter season quickly approaches.

“It’s looking really, really good,” said Sandy Evans Hall, executive vice president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. “Everybody is really gearing up and ready to go.”

Hall was at the airport Wednesday; winter jet service kicks off today.

“It looks like we’re going to be fine for the Christmas season,” she said.

The Yampa Valley Airport Commission will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport administration building. The commission is composed of people in the business, service and aviation industries and serves as an advisory group for the Steamboat Springs and Hayden airports. Tonight’s meeting will focus on the terminal construction update and what support the airport may need until construction is finished. Construction is not expected to be completed for another six weeks, but all the essential areas should be operational by today.

The second phase of a multi-year, $18 million airport expansion project includes doubling the size of the existing terminal. The additional 23,500 square feet will create significantly larger passenger holding areas, new ticket counters, a new baggage screening area, concession area, gift shop and restaurant.

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“The new holding areas are going to be so beneficial,” Hall said.

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If you go

What: Yampa Valley Airport Commission meeting

Where: Yampa Valley Regional Airport administration building

When: 6 p.m. today

Cost: free