San Antonio Inte­rnational Airport reno­vations underway

Terminal A given a major facelift

The first phase of renovations to Terminal A at San Antonio International Airport will be completed Thursday night.

The gate area will be opened for passengers starting Friday morning. It's a project that airport officials say is long overdue.

"The interior was dated. It was older. The carpeting was very old. It was just a very dark feel to this terminal building," said Frank Miller, director of aviation at San Antonio International Airport.

Bright lighting and flooring is being installed. Carpeting will only be in the seating areas.

"The intent was, 'Let's brighten it up. Let's lighten it up,' and really it should look like the new (Terminal B) that we opened about a year and a half ago," Miller said.

The new seating areas will keep up with today's technology as well.

"The seating that we have has electrical outlets, so there is that opportunity to be sitting in the gate area, there's an outlet," Miller said. "You can plug in your computer. You can plug in your iPod."

The part of the concourse that hold Gates 12 and 13 will now be closed for renovations.

"In about 60 to 90 days, we'll re-open that area and again it'll look just like (the currently renovated section) and we'll slowly work our way down the concourse, " Miller said.

The plan is to renovate all the way through the ticket counter section of Terminal A. The project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2014.


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