The Rochester Airport is a major hub for international air traffic due to its close proximity to the Mayo Clinic. In order to keep its international airport designation, the facility needs to be upgraded to provide more space for border patrol and customs agents. The Department of Homeland Security has mandated the changes, which include 20,000 additional square feet, reconfiguration of the terminal, and upgrades to the electrical, fire protection and low voltage network.
Project proponents say the changes will allow them to process 75 passengers per flight. Currently, those disembarking from international flights are forced to wait outside the processing area, which is inconvenient for those passengers and creates a security risk. Airport officials are asking the state for nearly $5 million. The total project cost is $16 million.
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