New Jacksonville Airport terminal nears completion

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Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville is getting a new terminal and hopes to offer new services to its patrons by the end of summer or beginning of fall.

The new $25-million airport terminal offers new features and more gates.

The airport currently has two airlines and airport officials hope the new building helps them land a third.

The current passenger terminal opened in 1971 and has 3 gates in the 35,000 square foot space.

The new terminal building will offer 4 gates in a 58,000 square foot space.

The gates to and from the planes will be air-conditioned or heated for the comfort of those flying.

The building is also designed for expansion. The builders say it can be extended from either end to allow more gates or space for customers needs.

The old terminal will eventually be torn down for additional parking.

The airport supports 340 local jobs and generates about 191 million dollars in revenue.

Construction was funded by federal grant money and tax dollars from airline tickets.