Planned Chattanooga Airport terminal expansion put at $28 million

Contributed rendering by DH&W Architects / The passenger seating area is shown at one of the proposed new aircraft loading gates at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Three new gates are planned in a possible $28 million terminal expansion at the airport.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport officials on Monday said work could start early next year on what's seen as the biggest expansion to the passenger terminal in more than three decades.

"This reflects not only how space works but the customer service impact," said Dan Jacobson, the Airport Authority's chairman during a meeting of the panel about the possible $28 million project.

Ray Boaz of DH&W Architects said the planned expansion's first phase would add 26,000 square feet and renovate up to 14,000 square feet.

Boaz said three new gates for passenger loading onto aircraft would be added in phase one to the five existing gates.

He said plans call for adding a third security checkpoint for passengers entering the concourse as well as a separate lane for pre-check fliers.