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Groundbreaking ceremony paves way for new terminal at Provo Airport

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For the past few yearsbrAllegiant Airlines has served Provo out of the TAC Air building that was neverbrdesigned to be an airline terminal.

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If anyone has flownbrout of Provo on an airline flight, you have seen how crowded the facilities arebr(and automobile parking is a problem, as well). Ramp space is limited, whichbrcreates a problem, particularly when BYU games or events that bring in charterbrflights. 

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It has long been timebrcoming for a real airport terminal at the Provo Airport. The airport manager,brSteve Gleason, along with city, county, state and federal officials havebrfinally made it happen.

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On Nov. 6 abrgroundbreaking ceremony was held with a huge crowd that included the Lt.brGovernor, Michelle Kaufus.

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After the usual andbralways appropriate speeches, the crowd moved to the east side of the event tentbrfor the official groundbreaking of the $40 million, 100,000 square-footbrbuilding.

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Watching the event wasbra real blast, literally. Rather than using the classic golden shovels, thebrdignitaries had a simulated dynamite plunger to set off an explosion of red,brwhite and blue smoke. It was certainly a noteworthy groundbreaking that will bebrremembered.

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The terminal isbrexpected to be finished in December 2021 and initially will have four gatesbrwith a design that can be expanded to 10 gates.

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Several airlines arebrinterested in expanding service to Provo when the terminal is completed. Thisbrwill be a huge convenience for south Utah County and our neighboring countiesbrto the south.

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To make it even easier to get to the Provo Airport, thebrrecently developed Lakeview Parkway will take you directly to the airport frombrthe I-15 / University Avenue Exit on the south side of Provo. That saves a longbrdrive to the Salt Lake City Airport and as Steve Gleason points out, the real advantagebris when you arrive you are almost home. (Helmick is a Serve Dailybrcontributor.)

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