Akron-Canton Airport expanding

September 7, 2018 by  

Community leaders, businesspeople, and airport and government officials broke ground recently at the deicing pad of the Akron-Canton Airport to announce the construction of a new gate area at the facility.

The planned expansion will transform current gates to a two-story area comprising 41,600 square feet, at a cost of $34m. The area currently serves Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, was once home to a bank of public phones, and was state-of-the-art when it opened in 1956. However, the payphones are now gone and the area is outdated, with few amenities for travelers. With its upcoming expansion, the airport will transform the gates to meet today’s travelers. When new construction is finished, officials can use banner printing to decorate the venue to celebrate.

The new gate area will provide the traveling public with a sit-down restaurant as well as fast-food stores such as Arby’s and Cinnabon. Smartphone charging stations, a play area for children, a mothers’ room, and a business lounge will also be available. There will be more space overall for arriving passengers, and those waiting for them. In addition, bridges will be located at every gate, making it unnecessary for passengers to leave the shelter of the terminal while they are deplaning or boarding their flight.

The new area should be open late in 2019, or in Spring 2020.