Thursday, May 08, 2014

Santa Maria Airport Main Hangar To Get Facelift - World War II building was first passenger terminal


Its an effort to breathe new life into one of the oldest parts of the Santa Maria Airport.

Airport managers want to restore the historic face of the airport.

The main hangar at the Santa Maria Airport was built by the old Army Air Corps during World War II in the early 1940’s.

The Airport District Board is considering how to restore the old hangar.

"Over the years its kind of come into a state of a little bit of disrepair", says Santa Maria Airport General Manager Chris Hastert, "but we look to do a major project, a facelift, ultimately we look to spend a little over a million dollars on that project."

The main hangar was also the original terminal building for the Santa Maria Airport.

New service from Santa Maria airport to major hubs in the West remains a top priority in a competitive national marketplace that has fewer planes in the air.

"Denver is definitely still a priority", Hastert says, "we’re also carefully watching the merger with American and USAir and looking to maybe look at Phoenix service in the future, anything that will help to bring some competition to the market we think will be good for our fares and then anything that is addition service eastbound  really helps our passengers."

Hastert says there’s growing interest in the long-planned Santa Maria Airport Business Park which he says is closer than ever to resolving long-standing permit issues and breaking ground.

The restoration of the Main Hangar is on the agenda for Thursday night's Airport District Board meeting at the Santa Maria Airport.

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