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Plan more time for parking at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Passenger drop-off, pick-up to change for next 3 months

— People dropping off and picking up passengers at Yampa Valley Regional Airport would be wise to begin allowing a few extra minutes in their schedules, airport officials say.

The beginning of Phase 3 of construction on the airport terminal expansion has necessitated closing Terminal Drive where it passes in front of the arrival and departure doors, assistant airport manager Dean Smith said Tuesday. As a result, people using the airport should plan to park in the 30-minute lot or the long-term lot.

“The first 30 minutes in the long-term lot is free,” Smith said. “This will be a minor inconvenience for a while, but it will result in a bigger, better terminal.”

He reminded the flying public that ticket counters shut down 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of flights and that travelers will have to add a few minutes’ cushion to their drive to the airport to allow for the walk from the long-term lot to the check-in line.

Initial work by general contractor Holmquist Lorenz Con­struction involves removing the façade of a portion of the terminal, thus the need to close the road immediately in front of it, Smith said. Holmquist will post signs to help motorists understand the new passenger drop-off and pick-up limitations at the airport. The contract requires the company to wrap up work on the façade and reopen Terminal Drive in time for the ski season direct flight program, which dramatically boosts passenger traffic at the airport west of Steamboat Springs.

Daily flights decrease to 2

The number of daily flights between the Yampa Valley and Denver drops from three to two after Labor Day, Smith said. When that change takes place, the passenger terminal will be quiet for much of the day, but he expects most of the flights to be full.

During fall, the first United Express jet of the day will leave YVRA at about 6:20 a.m. after spending the night on the apron. The first arrival from Denver is due in at 12:10 p.m. and is scheduled to depart at 12:45 p.m., Smith said. The terminal will be quiet all afternoon and much of the evening until the late flight from Denver arrives at 10 p.m.

The two-year terminal construction project will create a new restaurant space on the main level, replacing the current second-level restaurant. During the second season of construction, work begins in earnest on creating a second baggage carousel.

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