After nearly a year, the new terminal at Ozark-Blackwell Field Airport is ready to open its doors to the public.
According to Ozark Mayor, Billy Blackwell, this new terminal has been a project over ten years in the making.
"I've been here 3 ½ years, and it has been a full 3 ½ year project for me ever since I've been here," said Director of Aviation Services, Stephanie Blankenship.
Blankenship moved into her new office housed in the terminal just a few weeks ago, and has been helping put the finishing touches to the building.
"The furniture has been moved in, the decorating is almost finished, we're just waiting on the contractors to finish lighting the entry way." said Blankenship. "When this building is complete and open to the public… we will be able to offer the pilots the services they are in need of and desire when they fly into a location."
Comfortable seating, TV access, wifi, a pilot's lounge, flight planning, and an 18 seat conference room, Blankenship describes the terminal's amenities as the most state-of-the-art facility in all of the Wiregrass.
This is all a plan to make Ozark more marketable, and efforts to attract new corporations, welcome more commercial pilots, and expand services at the airport.
"When people are traveling through, their perception of your community is what they see.. And now you will be able to see a facility on the airport.. A beautiful building like this terminal building certainly will add to the perception of Ozark," said Mayor Blackwell.
Plans are underway to expand new t-hangar that can house more aircrafts.
Leaders are also negotiating an agreement with the city to provide fuel services to those who fly into the terminal.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new terminal is planned for Thursday, September 8th.
– Article originally published on WTVY.com, August 01, 2016. Written by Sharifa Jackson. Read the original article here.