Also at TEB, Milliion Air upgrade is under way

 - February 7, 2007, 9:20 AM

As the cold weather settles into the Northeast, construction is advancing well on Million Air Teterboro’s new terminal/hangar complex. Founded in 1958, the FBO recently recast the charter arm of its business as Meridian Air Charter, which will also operate from the new facility. Meridian Air Charter president Dennis O’Connell said of the new terminal project, “Teterboro Airport is undergoing a wonderful facelift, and we plan to be the centerpiece of this transformation.”O’Connell referred to the early art deco architectural style of the new complex.

Construction is planned in two stages, with the first phase–the three-story, 21,000-sq-ft terminal/office building and a two-story 12,000-sq-ft maintenance center–planned for completion in June. Those buildings are being built on previously vacant land, so the existing Million Air facility can continue operations uninterrupted. Once phase one is completed, the existing terminal/hangar will be razed and Million Air will begin building a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar and paving two acres of ramp space. That construction should be completed by next year-end.

The new terminal/office building will have an exercise room, sleep room, game room (with pool table), showers, quiet room with satellite television, conference room, business center and café. When Teterboro switched over to the control of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey a few years ago, all tenant leases on the field had to be renegotiated at one time–generating an unprecedented flurry of contract talks and promised improvement programs. Million Air and Meridian Air Charter CEO Ken Forester said, “We have been planning and looking forward to this for many years. It has been fun getting to this point and the future is filled with promise.”