First flight from new terminal departs Monday

The Williamsport Regional Airport’s tentative opening date for the new terminal now is confirmed — Monday flyers will be among the first members of the public to see the new building with the first flight departing at 6:05 a.m., said Thomas Hart, airport director.

After the last flight on Sunday, Travel Security Administration’s remaining equipment will be moved over and configured in time for screening before the early morning flight, he said.

In the meantime, airport employees are working to finish moving their offices, furniture is being put into place and the glass canopy is being pieced together.

“We’ve been kind of busy, as you can imagine,” Hart told airport authority board members Thursday.

Simply Savor Cafe, on Washington Boulevard, will be the vendor for the new terminal, and soon will be able to set up its workspace, Hart announced. The airport cafe, which will be called “Simply Savor on the Fly,” won’t be done in time for the terminal’s opening, he said.

Once situated, the cafe is expected to be open at least one hour prior to flight departure. In addition to its own concessions, the cafe also will be in charge of vending machines and will hold a liquor license.

“I think Simply Savor is going to be an excellent fit for us,” he said. “We’ve seen their menu items, their pricing is very reasonable … I’ve sampled some of the food … I think we’ll be in good shape.”

Hart expects it’ll be another month before the cafe is up and running.

Car rental services by Avis, Enterprise and Hertz will be in place by Monday as will the travel agent service World Travel.

A grand opening complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the spring, once the old terminal has been demolished and all aspects of the project are completed, Hart said.

Hart led a tour of the new structure after the board’s meeting.

“I think it’s very impressive,” said Drake Saxton, a Muncy resident and pilot who keeps his plane at the airport. “It’s a great improvement to the terminal, no doubt about it.”

In other business, the authority board:

• Adopted a resolution to execute a space lease agreement with Cash Advance Systems LLC for a new ATM with a seamless transition from the old terminal to the new.

• Approved the following payments for work on the new terminal: $649,806 to Lobar Inc.; $8,469 to LTS Plumbing and Heating Inc.; $11,755 to Master Mechanical Corporation; and $60,380 to TRA Electric Inc.

• Approved a payment of $98,748 to Fourth River Company for work on the second phase of relocating the airport fuel farm. The next step in the process is for the tanks to arrive, which should be by the end of December or early in January, Hart said.

The board’s next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the boardroom at the new terminal.