By: Mark Boyle
PEARLAND, Texas - The Pearland Regional Airport is about to undergo some big changes, including millions of dollars in upgrades.
Stephen Alexander is managing the makeover, and it is set to start by the end of the year.
"As Hobby and Ellington and Bush all continue to get busier and busier and busier, you're trying to fit a larger quantity of airplanes in and out of finite airspace, runways and taxis," Alexander said.
Alexander said the Pearland Airport is a private airport with 300 takeoffs and landings each day. There are 150 hangars now that are all spoken for.
The project will level much of what is already in place and usher in dozens of new state of the art hangars and more space for small jet aircraft.
"Later phases of construction include a new terminal building for the airport for visitors, rental cars, vehicle parking," Alexander said.
KPRC 2 was told the project will infuse more money into the local economy and create another option for private air travelers trying to reach and point in the Houston area.
"Airspace is finite, and airspace can be thought of as our highway system," Alexander said. "Just as Houston has continued to work through its growth with road construction over the years, we have to think the same way with aviation as well."