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Port Columbus debuts new $80M facelift

The dust has finally settled and Port Columbus is ready to show off its new and improved look.

The dust has finally settled and Port Columbus is ready to show off its new and improved look.

Starting Wednesday, travelers will see modern updates to the ticket lobby, baggage claim and Concourses A, B and C as well as extensive mechanical, technological and security upgrades.  The debut marks the end of the three-year, $80 million project that aims boost passenger growth.

The airport says the “upgraded terminal provides a contemporary, comfortable and convenient facility that delivers a positive passenger experience.”

Renovations include new restaurants, upgraded restrooms, 2,000 new modern lighting fixtures and more than 150,000 square feet of terrazzo flooring.  Travelers will also experience faster Wi-Fi while relaxing in more comfortable seating.

The new restaurants include Donatos Pizza, Bob Evans Express, and Eddie George’s 27 Grill.

The upgrades were funded by passenger facility charges and capital reserves.  No local tax dollars were used in the renovations.

In 2015 Port Columbus experienced nearly seven percent growth in passenger traffic, serving 6.8 million passengers. Growth is expected to continue with the first quarter of 2016 tracking up about 6 percent.