Wichita Falls Flying Forward

The Wichita Falls City Council is looking to move forward with improvements at the Wichita Falls Municipal Airport.
Matching funds are expected to be approved for Phase-I of the improvement project this Tuesday (12/18) when the council meets.

Phase-I deals with a new road and parking lot at the airport. The City's portion of the bill is just over $452,000. The FAA will pick up the rest. Councilors are also expected to approve $1.2 million to complete the design for the new airport terminal. That is Phase-II. Councilors will be looking at funding for that second and third stage as well and will discuss $20-million in bonds.

Councilors will also be looking at a proposal to pay Blue Cross Blue Shield more than $600,000 to essentially keep 335 jobs in their Wichita Falls Call Center. This money is a loan, and if Blue Cross Blue Shield does not live up to it's end of the deal for the next six years it will pay the city back. Newschannel 6 will follow this story for you on Tuesday.