XNA on Fast Track to Millions in Upgrades

HIGHFILL, AR--It took more than a year but now the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport now has big plans - for the next two decades.

XNA board members unanimously approved a master plan for the airport this week with a long list of upgrades. And the planning wasn't easy.

The final proposal is about 400 pages long with an outline of construction projects and how to finance them.

"It's not a document you do and stick up on the shelf," says Kelly Johnson, XNA Airport spokesperson. "It is a living, breathing, dynamic guidance for us going forward. As the airport's been developed over the years, our last master plan was in 2002 so there's a need now for a parking deck. We've been working on the access roadway for some time. That is now on a map set included in the document."

In all, the projects are expected to cost about $200 million. Now, the plan goes to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.

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