Auburn airport gets an upgrade

6:58 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The opening of a new, more modern terminal marks a new chapter for the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport.

The 7,000 square foot terminal nearly doubles the airport building's size, and offers more seating and space for things like conference rooms, according to Airport Manager Rick Lanman.

But he said the expansion in space doesn't signify a changing mission for the airport.

"It's better to capitalize on our strenghts," said Lanman, explaining how he did not have plans to court a commercial airline and compete with the Portland Jetport.

Instead, he said, they will focus on perfecting the art of being a general aviation airport, servicing cargo flights, personal planes, and a more corporate clientele.

As the airport celebrates expansion, it is also bracing for the loss of a service.

Lanman said the Twin Cities Air Service will be closing at the end of the year. The air shuttle and maintenence service has been in business since 1992.

"It's kind of a blessing in disguise," said Lanman. "We're sad to see it go, but we decided to start using this building for that purpose anyway."

As airport management plans to incorporate the new terminal in its evolving business, Auburn officials see it as another piece to the economic puzzle.

"There's a very unique role that this airport, and where it's located, can play in economic development statewide," said Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte.

"Things are looking up here," said LaBonte, "and that's not just a bad pun."

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