KETCHIKAN - Work on the first floor segment of a facelift of the Ketchikan International Airport terminal is nearing completion, said airport business manager Lance Mertz.
The airport renovation started about six months ago.
"In the first floor we have brand new bathrooms, a new ceiling and lighting, new carpet, a new bag belt, a new location for the commuter airlines, a new revolving door," Mertz said Monday.
The work is part of a $2.5 million borough remodel. The renovation is being paid for with bonds financed by passenger facility charges.
Renovation work on the second floor is expected to resume in October, Mertz said. A new bar, snack bar and elevator are planned and the traffic flow upstairs probably will change, he said.
McGraws Custom Construction is the prime contractor for the remodel.
In a separate project, Alaska Airlines replaced its ticket counter with a series of islands and kiosks. The new check-in system follows a model tested at the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage last year, Alaska Airlines spokesman Jack Walsh said.
Instead of reporting to the counter, passengers check-in at touch-screen computers, then take their boarding passes to an agent where their bags are tagged and their IDs are checked.
Walsh said the touch-screen computers help speed the process of checking in. He said Alaska Airlines is adding the new check-in system at 13 Alaska airports.
Promech Air and Pacific Airways also have added new ticket counters inside the airport, Mertz said.