Makeover Underway At Fresno's Airport

March 12, 2009 7:12:13 PM PDT
Major changes are underway at Fresno's airport just in time for the spring break rush. More than 10 million dollars is being spent to change the look of FYI. The most money is being spent on overhauling the lobby and baggage claim areas. In just one month ... A very unique addition should begin to take root. Crews are tearing down the old. Half of the check- in counters have been upgraded to a newer and sleeker look. Flat screen TVs now display the latest flight information. The changes are being noticed by Jodi Ehrenhofer. "It's definitely brightened up. I can tell you. They've definitely lightened up. I don't know if that's because the windows were blacked for so long," said Ehrenhofer.

Beginning in April ... Giant Sequoia Trees will replace the columns that are being torn down. As travelers get off their planes ... They will walk through a scene very similar to this picture. Vikkie Calderon said, "These are replicated to actually represent the giant sequoias found in the national parks."

Aiport Spokersperson Vikkie Calderon expects the baggage claim area to be the first completely renovated portion. Calderon also reports January experienced a 14-percent decrease in travelers. Despite the economic downturn. She said now is the time to spend money. "We are making these improvements in upgrading the terminal. They are has been a declined in traffic due to the economy, and we are making all these improvements now and will be prepared when the economy turns around and people start traveling again. The airport will be ready for passengers," said Calderon.

Airport officials say the spring break rush begins the first week of April. They expect traffic will pick up by then.

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