OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Will Rogers World Airport director says a new gate will be added to the airport that's larger than others at the facility in hopes of someday adding international flights.
Director Mark Kranenburg told the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Commission on Thursday that the airport likely won't begin receiving international flights for several years but that it's better to have a long-range vision than to miss opportunities, The Journal Record reported.
Kranenburg said the airport also needs to be able to handle diversions for medical, mechanical and weather emergencies, which tend to be wide-bodied aircrafts.
"But we also want to position ourselves to one day be able to handle international arrivals of our own ... even if it is many years down the road," he said.
The Oklahoma City Airport Trust announced plans in 2015 to expand the airport terminal to include an updated, streamlined security checkpoint, public observation gallery, and increased shopping and dining amenities. The $86 million project is being driven by the need for more capacity.
Kranenburg said airport officials are working on estimated costs with the engineer for the gate. He said bids will go out before the end of the year.
Kranenburg said the airport's cargo building has already been demolished to make room for the expansion.