LR airport plans concourse renovations

Renovation rendering

Passengers traveling through the Clinton National Airport could see a major facelift to the airport concourse, with construction possibly starting next year if plans are approved.Members of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission's Customer Service Taskforce were presented details Tuesday of a $20.6 million project to enhance the level of customer service, convenience, and comfort through improvements to the concourse. Renovation plans include a modernized concourse interior, new gate lounge seating with in-seat recharge for portable devices, additional restrooms and restroom upgrades, increased Wi-Fi capabilities and improved cell phone connectivity, new jet bridges, new arrival and departure information monitors, and way finding upgrades.The project would be funded with passenger facility charges and airport reserves. The concourse renovation plan was designed based on passenger feedback, and is expected to be presented to the airport commission for approval at its September meeting. If approved, construction could begin June 2015 and would take approximately a year to complete. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is the state's largest commercial service airport, serving 2.2 million passengers a year.