BIA gets $4.9M grant to upgrade general aviation area

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff
Posted May 23, 2012, at 4:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Now that the Department of Transportation’s check is in the mail, the work can start on the $4.9 million renovation of the general aviation area at Bangor International Airport.

“We’re excited to finally get this grant and put the construction crew to work,” said Tony Caruso, BIA’s interim director. “Sargent Corporation should be able to start within several weeks, and we anticipate having it done by September or October, weather cooperating.”

The $4,913,126 grant will be used to renovate the general aviation apron, which is used for parking airplanes, and allow larger aircraft to fly in and out of Bangor.

“Currently, we can’t have anything over 100,000 pounds in that area, but after work is completed, we can go up to 150,000,” said Caruso. “So now we can get some of the Challengers and Gulfstreams in there. After this is finished, we’ll be able to accommodate Boeing 737’s and corporate versions of that same airplane.”

Caruso said the ongoing construction shouldn’t adversely affect BIA’s daily operations much.

“There’s always going to be impact when you’re talking construction to an airport, but we will be doing this in phases so there won’t be a major impact,” Caruso explained. “It won’t affect our commercial operations at all, but certainly our general aviation.”

The work will allow BIA much greater flexibility and accommodation capabilities.

“Up to now, it’s been a bit underutilized because of the weight limit we have on it. Some of that area we can’t utilize now because it’s just unsafe,” he said. “Now we can lay out a much better parking arrangement there.”

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