Governor Kay Ivey, Senator Richard Shelby and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson were joined by civic and business leaders throughout the Port City to break ground on the new $330 million Mobile International Airport terminal.
The new terminal is part of a multi-year effort to shift commercial airline flights to the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley which is more convenient to downtown.
According to a news release from Governor Ivey’s office, here are the details on the new Mobile International Airport terminal:
- Size: Approximately 143, 000 square feet with five gates
- Costs: An estimated $330 million investment
- Number of Gates Proposed: Up to 12 gates are planned
- Opening: The new facility plans to open in 2025
The re-location of Mobile’s commercial airport is part of the Mobile Airport Authority’s Master Plan that was released in 2020.
The bulk of the funding for the project has come from federal sources, with additional support from the city of Mobile and Mobile County.
As a result of the new terminal’s proximity to downtown, passenger traffic is expected to increase substantially in Mobile. According to the Master Plan 55% of current airline traffic is diverted from Mobile to neighboring Pensacola and New Orleans.
Along with plans to switch over to commercial airline flights by 2025 with the new terminal, the Mobile International Airport is also expanding their present cargo operations. Last month Amazon Air began daily cargo service at the Mobile International Airport.
What’s next? Watch this space for future updates about commercial airline service in the new Mobile International Airport.