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Stafford Airport Getting New Terminal

STAFFORD, Va. — A long awaited terminal building at Stafford Regional Airport will be one step closer to reality starting next week.

Officials at 5 p.m. Tuesday will break ground on a new 35,000 square-foot building that will become the hub of operations at the burgeoning airport which sits at the center of Stafford County. The ceremony at the airport will usher in a new era for an airstrip that has long served corporate and private jets, and small planes.

The $3.6 million terminal will take 10 months to build, and it replaces a series of two triple-wide trailers that have long been used to house the airport’s administrative operations since it opened on Dec. 1, 2001.

The first trailer was replaced in 2008 after it was damaged in a tornado.

The new terminal will feature a passenger lounge, conference room, a business meeting area, a pilot lounge and planning area, a vending area, and office space for the airport administration, said regional airport manager Ed Wallis.

The new terminal will also house the fixed based operations unit (fuel sales) which generates revenue for the facility.

The terminal is slated to open in August or September 2013 if all goes to plan, said Wallis. The airport will use a $2.2 million grant and a $1.4 million loan from Stafford County to fund construction of the new facility.

The Stafford Regional Airport sits on 550 acres of land and can accommodate up to 100 permanent aircraft on site, including jets weighting 70,000 pounds and with wingspans up to 80 feet wide, according to its website.

The airport is managed by a governing board with members from Prince William, Stafford counties and Fredericksburg.

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