By WLOX Staff
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will have a new traffic control tower by 2012.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the airport a $10.1 million contract to build the new 120-foot tower. It will be built in the area south of the airport terminal, to provide optimum visibility of the entire airfield for air traffic controllers.
The taller, larger tower will replace the existing 90-foot tower built in the early 1970s on the north side of the field. The new state-of-the-art facility will include a 395 square-foot tower cab with enhanced space for air traffic control operations and training. It will withstand high-level hurricane force winds.
A new 13,000 square-foot approach control base building will house administrative and training facilities and will offer improved security and air traffic training and simulation capabilities.
Flintco Constructive Solutions of Tulsa, Oklahoma will build the new facility. A groundbreaking will be held in late 2009 with a commissioning in early 2012.