TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute Regional Airport’s demand is continuing to grow.
“Terre Haute, again as people have heard me say and I say over and over, is the third busiest airport in Indian. But most people don’t think about it that way because we don’t have the big commercial aircraft like we used to,” said the airport’s executive director, Jeff Hauser.
According to Hauser, there are other ways the airport gets a lot of business.
“What we have now is a lot of charter and a lot of business aircraft,” he said.
There’s also a higher interest in flight schools like Hoosier Aviation.
It’s really grown over the last few years. The need for pilots is growing every year, so we’re seeing that here at our flight school. Folks are realizing that need and they want to get into the program,” said Josh Thompson, executive director of Hoosier Aviation.
For the airport, more demand means a need for more hangars.
“We’ve had a waiting list so we’ve known there’s a need but it was the right time of when to do it. We actually have three that are almost complete and then the board just approved at our last board meeting to do three more,” Hauser said.
The box hangars will be bigger than current T-hangers, allowing for more room and larger aircraft.
“A T-hanger, they’re named after how they’re shaped. Just like a T so the wings can fit in. A box hanger is just a big box it’s a lot higher so you can get bigger tails in there as well. So it just allows more or bigger aircraft,” Hauser added.
He said the expansion could mean great things for Terre Haute’s east side.
“We want to be able to be the anchor for the east side development here,” he said.
Hauser said the project is expected to be complete at the beginning for December.
He added since there’s a waiting list, once more hangars become available they will likely remain full.
The new hangars cost around $2 million and were paid for with help from federal funds.