Monroe County Commissioners Approve Concourse A Project Plans
- August 30, 2022
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The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved project plans for Key West International Airport's new Concourse at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 18, 2022.
The Concourse A Terminal Expansion Program will provide an upgrade to an already unique experience while hardening the existing facility. Most importantly, Concourse A will improve the airport’s level of service and operational flexibility to accommodate projected changes affecting the aviation industry.
The building brings the outdoors inside with clear story windows on the south side and a curtain wall system on the north side to allow natural lighting and a sense of transparency. The final design of Concourse A delivers the best customer outcomes and an aesthetic that is unmistakably at home in Key West.
The open, modern, and efficient concourse building totaling 48,802 square feet will include spaces for gates/holdrooms, restrooms, and support areas. The new concourse will be accessed from the main terminal by an extended pedestrian bridge. Additionally, the existing landside terminal building will be renovated and improved to accommodate an expanded security checkpoint with 4 lanes and added support spaces at the existing restaurant location.
Concourse A will provide expanded concession opportunities within the new construction. A new extended passenger bridge located post security will connect the existing landside terminal building with the new Concourse A. At the existing ground level Concourse, a planned baggage-claim expansion will provide efficiency to support the increased baggage operations.
The Key West International Airport has experienced significant growth over the last five years, both in enplaned passenger volumes and new air services by major airlines. The need for additional passenger terminal facilities was originally identified during the development of the Airport’s Master Plan Update completed in September 2019.
The Concourse A program aims to:
- Provide a level of service consistent with industry standards
- Improve ramp operations, safety and efficiency
- Provide facilities to accommodate future passenger demand
- Improve the airside facilities (hold rooms, baggage claim areas, etc.)
Concourse A will address the near-term and long-term passenger terminal facility needs and will allow the airport to accommodate forecast passenger demand levels at an acceptable level of service. A simple and intuitive layout will be easy to navigate combined with engaging design elements to ensure passengers have a stress-free airport experience. Key West International Airport will focus on operational efficiency and reliability, providing an environment today’s travelers expect and deserve.
Construction is set to begin in September 2022.