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Provo Airport begins major expansion

FILE - Passengers are dropped off at the entrance to the Provo Airport on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Steve Griffin, Deseret News

PROVO, Utah – Ground has been broken on a new $40 million terminal at Provo Airport. The expansion will make the airport able to handle up to 16 flights a day, as opposed to the three it does now.

Airport manager Steve Gleason says the 100,000 square-foot terminal will also feature family-friendly amenities when it is finished in December 2021.

At Wednesday’s groundbreaking, Gleason said Allegiant, the only airline that currently serves Provo, wanted more flights.

“It does allow our current airline, Allegiant, to expand into some of the markets that they would like to try out of Provo, which right now they cannot because they just can’t schedule those aircraft in,” Gleason said.

Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox was one of several politicians at the groundbreaking. He believes the airport’s expansion will help rural residents.

“This changes everything. It’s not just Utah County. It’s a whole bunch of rural Utah. Unless you’re close enough to St. George, this really is the best option for so many of us,” Cox said.

The airport’s expansion is also expected to add lots of jobs to the surrounding area, as well as reduce traffic on I-15 as more travelers use Provo Airport for domestic flights instead of Salt Lake City International.