It's been nearly year since the city of Greenville started making improvements to it's airport. And now the additions are done. City officials hope the facelift will boost economic development.
30 year old Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport is the landing site for many planes coming through Greenville -- and after months of doing some big upgrades the airport is now complete.
Greenville City officials say they've seen an increase in airport traffic in the last 5 years. With many of those visitors coming for business. This is what Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport's terminal building used to look like. Now, interior and exterior upgrades hope to leave visitors with a lasting impression of the Camellia City.
"The advancements that have been done... it kind of makes you feel good that they want to return. It's easier to go into Montgomery airport probably, but it's a lot more convenient for them to land here and do their business," Said an airport employee, Janet Capps.
A $151,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration funded the improvements. New porches were placed for the front and back of the building, making the terminal handicap accessible. The building was also extended by about 240 sq. ft; a new roof was added on.
As for the inside, here's what it used to look like -- now, there's fresh paint with new flooring. Bathrooms have been remodeled and there's all new furniture.
Pilots can tell the difference from an aerial view, as well. Trees that were too high and blocked the taxiway were cut down, making it safer for planes to land.
"You want the airport to be really nice like you've got here. Green grass, great people, and good serrvice with fuel prices that are reasonable that brings other general aviation aircrafts into the area when you have that. If you don't have that, well I fly right over you," Said a pilot from Gulf Breeze, Florida, Carl Gillilan.
Now as for the next step, the city is persuing about a $3,000 planning grant to add another taxiway and new hangars within the next three years.
City officials say the airport has received about $7 million of improvements in the last 13 years.
In the coming weeks, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce says they'll be setting an open-house date to invite everyone to check out the airport's improvements.