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Master Plan Projects Taking Off at XNA

HIGHFILL, AR -- An updated master plan costing millions of dollars and proposing some major changes is underway at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.
HIGHFILL, AR -- An updated master plan costing millions of dollars and proposing some major changes is underway at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

The 20 year master plan shows progress at XNA looking bright, with around $200-million worth of proposed updates and projects. The goal is to boost customer convenience.

"We know that traveling can be stressful at times so anything we can do to make that more pleasant," said Executive Director Scott Van Landingham.

Ultimately, the airport hopes to have a second runway and Van Landingham said he would not rule out international flights in the future. Adding another place for planes to take off is just one of many possible changes.

"The next thing the travelers are going to see is going to be a parking deck, the airport access road... That's probably a couple of years down the road in terms of construction."

However, with more projects people could see some more costs. Van Landingham said a parking deck could mean higher parking rates for customers and adding an access road could mean paying some sort of toll. Passengers at XNA can weigh in on the proposed plans through customer satisfaction surveys at the kiosks.

In the middle of a growing travel hub, the airport is hoping to stay ahead of the demand by looking 20 years down the runway.

"You want to make sure you reserve that space you make sure you plan it large enough so as that grows you have the ability to increase it. It's just an excellent idea to have some sort of a road map so you know the direction you want to end up is going to be the right one."



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