Tri-Cities Airport Scaling Back on New Airport Designs to Fit Budget

The Port of Pasco is scaling back on designs to expand the Tri-Cities airport to better fit its financial budget.

Airport Director Ron Foraker says the goal was to spend about $43 million to double the size of the facility but an estimate on the architectural designs is about $50 million.

So, there will be a few minor adjustments in the plan to stay within the budget.

Part of the new boarding area will be reduced in size and seating will be reduced by 50 seats, but the amount amount of seats will still double in size from the current compacity.

Construction will begin summer of 2014 and will take about 2 years until it's finished.