Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

From the beginning as a marked gravel lot back July 2017, the new terminal building at the Crescent City Airport has come a long way and is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Workers were putting down the sidewalk around the terminal Thursday, essentially completing the pavement and concrete.

The painting on the interior is done, the landing apron is paved, roofing sheet metal is installed, roll-up doors have been installed, and there is a security fence around the landing apron where the Contour jet will be parked. According to a monthly summary report from Vanir, the terminal is on schedule for completion by Jan. 20.

According to the report, crews will complete the interior lighting, heating and controls, complete the maple finish, complete the ceilings.

Interior seats have been ordered and other furniture is in the way.

When work is complete, the building will receive a final occupancy inspection by the Building Department.

Airport Director Randy Hooper said the project is still on schedule.

“We’re nearing completion and the progress is evident when you see it,” he said. “Things are really coming together.”

Large monitors will hang on the wall to display flight schedules and information, as well as local advertising. Airport staff is looking for businesses who would like to advertise on those boards.

A grand opening date of Feb. 22 is expected, once the personnel and services have been switched over.

By phone Friday, Contour Airlines CEO Matt Chaifetz said he has been following the construction on the airport’s webcam and is pleased with how it’s coming along and what it will mean for passengers.

“It looks great,” Chaifetz said. “Going into the new facility will elevate the passenger experience, so they have a top-notch experience in the airport, just as we provide in the air.”

Chaifetz estimated that about 10 Contour employees will work in the new terminal, which will also house TSA staff and a car rental desk.

Contour employees will be in the terminal in the morning and evening to handle inbound and outbound flights. Contour’s passenger jet will remain on the airport’s apron.

Asked about Contour’s experience in Crescent City so far, Chaifetz said he continues to be pleased.

“There were months where we were carrying more people with our daily flights than PenAir was with its 12 flights per week,” he said. “We’re really excited about what’s happening in Crescent City. We’re keeping a close eye on it while thinking about creating additional services there.”

Asked if he and upper management will attend the grand opening, Chaifetz happily replied, “Oh, of course. We wouldn’t miss that.”