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Fresno Yosemite Airport has big plans to expand. Here’s how airport will grow

Fresno Yosemite International Airport is growing bigger with $115 million expansion project

Fresno Yosemite International Airport plans $115 million expansion project that will include an expanded international travel area and a three-level parking garage.
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Fresno Yosemite International Airport plans $115 million expansion project that will include an expanded international travel area and a three-level parking garage.

The Fresno airport is about to get bigger.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) on Thursday announced plans for a $115 million project, most notably to expand parking and the international terminal.

The project, branded FATforward, is considered the largest facility expansion in FAT history and is expected to begin in early 2021 with a completion date by the fall of 2022.

“The (airport) is simply bursting at the seams and in need of increased capacity to support current and future domestic and international air travel,” Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle said in a news release. “The expansion program will provide a world-class transportation facility capable of meeting the demands of the region and serve as a convenient, friendly airport with the best traveler amenities for years to come.”

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Frensno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) on Thursday announced plans for $115 million project, most notably to expand parking and the international terminal. Courtesy Fresno Yosemite International Airport The Fresno Bee

The expansion program will include the following components:

Construction of a three-level parking garage with a total of 900 covered stalls

New International Arrivals facility to accommodate the growing volume of passenger arrivals Expanded outbound baggage facilities for increased capacity

Expanded security checkpoint to support efficient passenger screening and equipment

New upper level concourse in the existing terminal with two dual-use passenger bridges to facilitate domestic and international boarding

Added tenant operations and concession space

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Frensno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) on Thursday announced plans for $115 million project, which is expected to begin in early 2021 with a completion date by the fall of 2022. Courtesy Fresno Yosemite International Airport The Fresno Bee

A recently completed Fresno Yosemite International Airport Master Plan Update confirmed the need for expansion based on current and forecasted passenger growth.

Since the Great Recession (2007-2009), FAT said it has experienced 45 percent growth in passenger traffic, and each year continues to outpace prior years.

The expansion project, to be funded by airport revenue sources, is anticipated to generate 1,220 direct, induced and indirect jobs and $182 million in economic activity.

Bryant-Jon Anteola: 559-441-6362, @Banteola_TheBee

The Transportation Security Administration announced additional screening protocols involving carry-on luggage, primarily dealing with electronic devices, at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Tuesday afternoon.

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