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DATE OF DISTRIBUTION: August 4, 2009           FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT
TIA Begins Expansion of Aircraft Parking Apron

 

      Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) has begun work on the expansion of the Tucson International Airport (TIA) commercial aircraft parking apron. This improvement has been designed to offer airline tenants accommodations for an additional 44,000 square yards for commercial aircraft maneuvering and overnight parking adjacent to the existing aircraft parking apron.

 

     The project will construct a new 18" Portland Concrete Cement apron on the east end of the existing terminal ramp. The work will also include the realignment of the service road between the terminal and air freight complex; new security fencing and east security gate; area lighting; and a concrete blast wall extension along the north edge of the apron.

     Construction will not inconvenience airport users and visitors.

     The $8 million project was designed by Stantec Consulting and is being constructed by Granite Construction Company. The project, being funded by Federal Aviation Administration and Arizona Department of Transportation grants, is anticipated to be complete in the spring of 2010.

     TAA has also launched several other infrastructure projects designed to meet future demand, including 60 acres southeast of the airfield reserved for industrial development with airfield access; improvements to Aero Park Blvd. that will support new business development on the south side of the airport; and at Ryan Airfield, improvements to the airport main entrance roadway, Airfield Drive.

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     The Tucson Airport Authority, TAA, is a nonprofit entity created by State Charter in 1948. Composed of 115 community members, the Authority has a nine-member board of directors that meets monthly. TAA President/CEO Bonnie Allin, oversees day-to-day operations, and a staff of 300 employees. TAA manages Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield.

Tucson International Airport
. 8 airlines provide 128 daily departures and arrivals
. 2008 Passengers: 4,225,869
. Three Runways: 11L/29R; 11R/29L; 3/21
. Land Area: 8,244 acres
. Elevation: 2,641'

Ryan Airfield
. 2008 Aircraft Operations: 168,052
. Three Runways: 6R/24L, 6L/24R, 15/33
. Land Area: 1,804 acres
. Elevation: 2,417'