The improvements to air transportation in the region is The Watch’s number seven story of 2010.
In Telluride, terminal improvements are necessary to meet security requirements. TEX needs a larger space for passengers to wait after being cleared through security. Plans are already in place to make those improvements at a cost of nearly $1.5 million, provided that the Telluride-Montrose Regional Air Organization is able to bring flights to the airport by the 2011 holiday season.
The Regional Air Organization will be negotiating with airlines to obtain flights to TEX in the spring. If flights are secured, that will allow sufficient time for the necessary terminal improvements to be completed.
The terminal expansion in Montrose will allow for new counters and more common areas, as well as the enlarged TSA holding area. New bathrooms have already been added to the secure area. The construction comes at a cost $3.2 million, funded primarily by the Federal Aviation Administration Entitlement Funds and grants from the Colorado Department of Highways. Only $160,000 was required in local matching grants.