Wichita Falls, TX -
Early Wednesday morning some Texomans were the first passengers to fly out of the newly constructed Wichita Falls Regional Airport.
American Eagle flight 3288 headed for Dallas departed Texoma at approximately 6:08 a.m. Newschannel 6 was the only station there covering the historic occasion.
Planning and construction of the 55,000 sq. ft. new airport terminal started in 2009. City officials are hoping the estimated $32 million dollar project will help increase passengers who fly out of the city.
Currently the airport's lone carrer is American Eagle. However, John Burrus, Wichita Falls Aviation & Transportation Director told Newschannel 6 the city will soon begin the process to attract a new airline carrier.
"We're going to start looking at that in earnest in Feburary. Probably one of the first things we'll do is look at our charter companies and see if we can get some expanded business outside the normal gambling junkets. Maybe looking in branching in Disney World options," said Burrus.
While the airport searches for a second carrier it is also in talks with a food and beverage vendor.However there is no timeline on when that will occur.
The airport currently has four flights in and out per day.