FAA grant to expand services at Coastal Carolina Airport in New Bern

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - Several expansion projects are now set to get underway after the Federal Aviation Administration awarded millions of dollars to the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern.

Airport leaders say they will use the $4.9 million toward building an aircraft rescue and firefighting services building.

Right now the rescue trucks and services are spread out in different areas of the airport. The grant allows the airport fire department to house all airport fire functions under one roof.

The 78-hundred square foot building will be constructed where the rental car section of the airport is currently located.

The airport director said the movement also frees up space for other expansions.

"By building this building and moving those functions out of this terminal building that makes room to then expand in what we will call our phase one terminal expansion," said Airport Director Andrew Shorter.

The phase one expansion includes a bigger area for TSA, ticket counters, and passenger holding areas.

Construction on the new fire building is expected to begin next year.