There was a solid, enthusiastic turnout Tuesday when the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority presented its long-range master plan.
Business leaders and the public reviewed the colorful architectural renderings and learned more about the components of facility’s plans for future expansion.
The audience was encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions. As an incentive, everyone who submitted an idea for airport enhancements, upgrades, or improvements qualified for entry in a random drawing for a $500 flight voucher.
The overarching goal of the airport master plan is to present a long-range strategic direction that’s consistent with the airport’s mission: To provide quality multimodal transportation services to its diverse regional customer base and to stimulate economic growth and development of the Tennessee Valley Region.
In October 2016, the airport authority began developing the master plan. The initial input was solicited included suggestions, such as the introduction of light rail, developing a “more open” concourse plan, providing a low-cost carrier, and making the hotel and airport terminal more “user friendly.”
One stand-out comment was, “Huntsville is more than just rockets and military, we have a strong arts presence here, too. There should be more public art and changing exhibits.”
As a collaborative venture, the components of the master plan are scheduled to run concurrently with regional planning efforts. Timing is crucial, as these initiatives will mutually support one another. This comprehensive endeavor will allow for an integrated development of the airport as well as the surrounding area.
To find out more information about the Huntsville International Airport Master Plan, visit: http://hsvmasterplan.mbakerintl.com/ .