Eagle County airport to host open house
Ryan Summerlin December 6, 2012
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Eagle County Regional Airport will host a public open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday to celebrate recently completed upgrades to the facility. All interested community members are invited to attend.
Among the improvements are an expanded passenger security checkpoint and a state-of-the-art baggage screening system. The upgrades were completed in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration and represent the most up-to-date and sophisticated screening technology available.
The improved passenger checkpoint includes a new scanner which utilizes millimeter wave technology – not X-rays. This technology protects passenger privacy by presenting a “Gumby-like” avatar instead of an image of an unclothed body. Also, the checkpoint has been expanded from two to four lanes to accommodate an increased flow of passengers. According to the Transportation Security Administration, the Eagle County airport now has the largest passenger screening capability in western Colorado and is one of the most efficient airports of its size in the United States.
The airport’s new checked baggage system allows the Transportation Security Administration to screen hundreds of pieces of luggage an hour and moved the process outside of the terminal lobby. By relocating baggage inspection to a new facility, the amount of available space in the ticketing area was significantly increased, allowing for future growth in passenger volumes. The baggage system project cost approximately $5.8 million, of which $4.6 million was funded through a grant from the Transportation Security Administration.
In addition, a new retail and food concession will be completed for the winter flight season that will offer an improved menu and traveler necessities, gifts and souvenirs. Also, aging TV and flight information monitors are being replaced with larger, higher resolution screens throughout the passenger terminal.
For more information on Monday’s open house, call 970-328-2680. To view and book available flights through EGE, visit www.flyvail.com.