Another article on the increase in traffic at CID: http://thegazette.com/2012/09/24/numbers-trending-positive-at-eastern-iowa-airport/Some highlights
-Flights are up 13.2% since last year through August
-Frontier is increasing flights from CR to Denver
-Airport is looking to renovate the terminal building (discussed below)
"The commission on Monday took the first step toward remodeling the passenger terminal lobby, which has remained largely unchanged for 25 years. Foth Infrastructure and Environment of Cedar Rapids was awarded a contract for preliminary design services, not to exceed $186,895.
Bradshaw said passengers arriving in the upper concourse of the terminal see a different view than the lower area of the terminal.
“The upper terminal is very modern with seats offering plug-ins for travelers using laptop computers, WiFi and other amenities,” he said. “That remodeling was completed in 2009.
“Once you come down the escalator, you go through a time warp. You’re back in the 1980s because we haven’t touched the land side of the airport.
“We’ve rebuilt the primary runway and half of the secondary runway as well as some taxiways. It’s time for improvements in the terminal, which are more visible to passengers using the airport.”
Bradshaw said Mead & Hunt Inc., a Madison, Wis., consulting firm working with the airport to develop a new 20-year master plan, may share some preliminary concepts for the terminal remodeling at a Nov. 15 public meeting. He said construction likely will begin in the summer of 2013, with completion expected in 2014."