Marco Island Executive Airport (MKY) in southwest Florida is undergoing a $15 million makeover that includes a new general aviation terminal, Collier County airports manager Justin Lobb told AIN. Now underway, the first phase of the project involves the construction of a two-story, plantation-style terminal that will house the airport’s FBO—operated by the county—and offices for airport administration, flight schools, and charter operations based there. The 16,000-sq-ft, $10.5 million project is expected to open in the first half of 2020, Lobb said.
A $4.5 million second phase calls for demolition of the original terminal and construction of an expanded apron. That phase is expected to start next month. “When all is said and done, we hope to have everything completed by the end of 2020,” Lobb said.
Separately, a private developer plans to add a mix of box hangars and three larger hangars on just under three acres. And construction of a new Civil Air Patrol (CAP) hangar is about to begin, Lobb added, replacing the CAP hangar destroyed by Hurricane Irma two years ago.
“These new facilities are being built to withstand some of the strongest hurricanes,” Lobb said of the projects planned and underway at MKY. They are also designed to mitigate the effects of flooding. MKY, which has a single, 5,000-foot-long runway, was originally opened as a private airport in the 1970s.