LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jerry E. Abramson Terminal is the front door to Louisville.
As soon as visitors set foot in the terminal building, they begin looking around, scoping the place out.
"I think it's a very nice airport. It's clean, it's convenient. It's a very nice airport," said frequent flier Oscar Hatchett.
"There are definitely newer and brighter, more exciting airports that I've been through. It does seem a little mediocre compared to some of the other big ones," said Maggie Linneman, who came in from Cincinnati.
Hoping to leave guests with something great to remember, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board approved an $8 million terminal project.
Why do it?
"Fifty-two percent of the people that come into the airport aren't from Louisville. The other 48 percent are. In both cases, it's not bad for people to get reacquainted with their community, but more importantly, to make a positive impression of who Louisville is," said Skip Miller, Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.
Miller said the new terminal additions and designs will make a statement and leave visitors wanting to learn more about the city. The project includes new terrazzo flooring, fresh carpet in selected areas, new escalators, additional lighting, new furnishings and artwork with community images.
It's all a part of the theme: Distilling Great Experiences and Setting a Higher Standard.
"The 'Distilling Great Experiences' really deals with the bourbon industry and our heritage there. It deals with the hospitality of the community," Miller explained. "Setting a higher standard revolves around the advanced manufacturing we have in 21st century Louisville."
The terminal hasn't gotten a face lift of this magnitude since 2003.
Miller said the project wouldn't be possible without community input.
"The Speed Art Museum, metro government, the children's museum, the Zoo, we've had all those folks sit on our review committee and work with us," said miller.
It's a multi-million-dollar investment that airport officials and frequent travelers are looking forward to.
Remodeling will begin early next year. Airport officials hope to have the bulk of the work complete before Derby 2016.
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