Boarding bridge could soon come to Albany airport

    Boarding bridge could soon come to Albany airport./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

    The days of walking to your plane in the rain or cold at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport could soon be over.

    On Monday, the Aviation Commission Board approved to bring a proposal to the Albany city commission to install a passenger boarding bridge.

    "This is needed," David Hamilton, transportation director, said. "You come in on your trip, and now you have to board in rain, hot or cold weather. The boarding bridge will eliminate all of that. You'll be able to board in an ideal environment."

    The commission said they would like to get the project started next January.

    The bridge will cost $1.6 million.

    If the project is approved, it will be funded mostly by federal aviation funds, and 10 percent will come from the passenger facility charge. The charge is added to every passenger's ticket when they travel out of Albany.

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