I am pleased to report the completion of the first phase of construction for the Terminal A Renovations at San Antonio International Airport. The completion of Phase 1 is an important milestone for a terminal building that opened in 1982.
Passengers and visitors to Gates 14, 15 and 16 in the South Concourse will see expanded bathrooms that were completely redone from floor to ceiling, new finishes along the concourse walls that create a sense of a higher ceiling due to their neutral color, new carpeting and passenger seating, and new terrazzo flooring, all of which will provide a similar feel and positive experience to that of Terminal B.
The Renovation project has been scheduled into 9 separate phases in order to minimize the impact to airport operations and to our traveling public. Tomorrow begins Phase 2 of the project, which will affect Gates 12 and 13. The construction for each phase is generally four to five months.
The total renovation will be complete in April 2014 and when complete include the renovation of 12 public restrooms; six new escalators, and five refurbished elevators.
The project also includes a new queuing area for the TSA checkpoint. The new area manages the lines in a more efficient manner and, when completed, will minimize the impact of the security lines to the airline ticket counter lines during peak travel times. The renovated queuing area is scheduled to open in sixty days.
This project is one of several exciting projects that the City has undertaken that enhances the customer experience at the Airport.
I am also pleased to announce that the work on the first of the new concessions approved by City Council in September will start in February and be completed in June. These include La Gloria, Mission City Tavern, La Tapenade and Auntie Anne/Cinnabon.
Other recent projects include the installation of the Global Entry kiosks that improve the customs experience for our international passengers.