PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The long-awaited remodel and modernization of Pittsburgh International Airport has cleared another hurdle.
According to Pittsburgh International Airport, the airlines serving the airport have given their full approval for the Terminal Modernization Program. The full remodel is a $1.39 billion project.
Airport officials say they are focused on making "sustainability, leading-edge technology and innovation" key features in the new terminal and parking facilities. The current terminal was built in 1992.
The tram from the landslide to airside terminals will be no more. There will also be a focus on green space and natural light. Designers will have the latest on air quality technology because of the pandemic.
"We worked with people on what are the most important things coming out of this pandemic that have to be included in the design," Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority will now proceed with bidding and awarding contracts for numerous construction packages.
Airport officials say groundbreaking will be held this fall. They aim to finish construction by the end of 2024 with a grand opening set for early 2025.
During construction, the current terminal will continue to operate normally. Occasionally, there may be some inconveniences.
"It's going to be an airport that we can all be proud of," Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Jared Bachar said.
Bachar said the importance of an airport cannot be understated. It's the first and last impression for travelers.
"These types of facilities have a profound impact on whether or not someone decided to fly out of a particular city," Bachar told KDKA.
The hope is the new terminal can help expand business and bring more flights to town.
"It's a great compliment to everything else being built up in and around this region over the last decade or two decades. It's going to be a great asset for us," Bachar said.
About 5,500 people are expected to be hired for the construction process.
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