By Debbie Robinson
Flight 5029 to Kansas City at 9:28 a.m. today marks the first commercial flight from the new Joplin Regional Airport terminal.
Airport officials and city leaders were joined by U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt on Sunday afternoon to dedicate the $15 million terminal at 7331 N. Highway 43 and to open the doors to visitors for tours.
“One of the truly challenging jobs today is to run an airport in a community this size,” Blunt said. “Being able to fly into a community can be the difference if you have jobs or not.”
Blunt referred to the new terminal and the new $3.5 million air traffic control tower as the “front door” to the community.
“You want to make a good first impression, especially if you’ve got a great community,” he said. “The 1948 facility is not the best first impression.”
The new terminal and tower were needed, Blunt said, because the Federal Aviation Administration, which provided 90 percent of the construction costs, has tightened regulations, especially security, that are difficult to meet in older airports.
Blunt pointed out that 24 water towers can be seen from the air traffic control tower.
“That means there are lots of families that can be served by this airport,” he said.
Several hundred people toured the terminal, which is designed with a curved glass front, stone and brick.
The upstairs area features offices, a conference room and a training center that opens to an open-air deck facing the runways. A business center will offer space for the working traveler.
The 22,000-square-foot terminal also will house rental car companies, vending machines and seating.
Airport manager Steve Stockam said the city has seven airport employees, but about 75 people work at the airport, including those in private aviation.
Great Lakes Airlines, the city’s new federally subsidized carrier, will offer two daily flights to Kansas City, with plans to add a third flight next month. Passengers will fly in 19-seat aircraft.
By Debbie Robinson
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PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
In City Council race, Joplin voters elect two newcomers, three incumbents
Joplin voters rejected two incumbents who voted to fire City Manager Mark Rohr, instead electing two newcomers and returning three incumbents to the City Council who had supported Rohr.
Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
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