Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:43 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Oct 29, 2013 8:45 PM
GREAT FALLS - Almost a year and a half after announcing a construction plan, the Great Falls International Airport is ready to open their $7 million arrivals center to the public.
"The check point equipment will be in here, this is where you will actually enter in to this area, the screening equipment will be here they'll process your carryon bags and they'll send you through the metal detector and you'll pass through on to the other side," explained airport director John Faulkner.
Besides a few more boards and nails that need to be put in place, the arrival center construction has come in on budget: "We actually got a few more things done than we expected," said Faulkner.
The old seats are being replaced in the terminals and every little detail has been thought out, even to the floor you walk on.
Faulkner said, "What we've done with the floor now is we've incorporated a Montana mosaic, it actually matches the view out the windows."
The new arrivals hall will have some of the latest technologies as well as local products behind the security checkpoint.
"I think it's going to be a new level of service that we can provide to visitors in our community and to our community as they travel out," said Faulkner.
A GPS tracking system will show travelers exactly where their plane is flying and special LED lights will only turn on when natural light is low.
Local products like Mountain Man Beer and Morning Light Coffee will also be offered in the restaurant.
"It think it's the way we showcase our community. Everything from the viewing shed out of the terminal building, which is just spectacular, to the amenities like the fire place lounge and the restaurant and bar, it really makes it a comfortable space," said Faulkner.
There are still a few construction projects that need to be finished, but the new security and waiting area will be open for the first flight out Wednesday morning.