The Port of Pasco will show off the results of its $41.9 million upgrade to the Tri-Cities Airport on Friday, with a formal dedication and limited public tours.
The project doubled the size of the airport and created a soaring terminal zone that will officially go into service on Jan. 31.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will give the keynote speech at a dedication at 11 a.m. at the airport, 3601 N. 20th Ave. State Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, also is scheduled to attend.
The public can get a sneak peak at the new terminal during tours from 3 to 5 p.m. Reservations are encouraged, though last-minute arrivals will be accommodated. Tours will leave every five minutes. Call 509-547-3378 for information.
The upgrades include a new ticketing area for passengers, as well as baggage screening area. The new five-gate terminal is the showpiece of the project.
Travelers enter at a central area called the gallery, featuring seating and dining. The gates are spread to either side, and most of the terminal overlooks the runway through floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall glass.
The terminal is a secured zone and once it goes live next week, it will be off-limits to all but ticketed passengers and authorized airport personnel.
The upgrades are designed to accommodate growing passenger demand. The airport recorded 339,306 boardings for the year through November, up 8 percent over the prior year.
Bouten Construction is the primary contractor.