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Eagle Co. airport bags sheltered from snow

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Curbside check-in lines may be shorter and outgoing baggage will be kept out of the snow at the Eagle County Regional Airport in Gypsum thanks to $3.6 million dollars in improvements.

The outbound baggage area has been roofed and enclosed and more stations have been added to the curbside check-in area. The improvements were some of the top requests from the airlines.

Ed and Fred Patrick were headed home to Georgia after vacationing in Arrowhead. The curbside check-in was convenient for them, because they had a cartload of luggage, they said.

“It’s been a pretty good experience. They were at the curbside waiting for us when we pulled up, actually,” Fred Patrick said.

St. Louis resident Todd Bergfeld said he thought the expanded check-in made the process much faster. “I’ve used this airport before, and last time it was more congested. This makes it easier to hop in and out,” he said.

Most passengers will not see the improved baggage handling facility, but it will keep both the luggage and baggage handlers dry. The project expands the terminal by 22,000 square feet.

“Before, all outgoing baggage was outside and in the weather. This project encloses the area,” Eagle County Communications Director Justin Finestone said.

Construction on the improvements began in July 2007 and was completed this month. More improvements are coming up, Finestone said.

The county also wants to move the baggage screening machines, which are now located in the airport lobby, into a back area.

The airport is also considering a new de-icing facility, a pad where airplanes get sprayed with de-icing fluid.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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