The following was published by the Burlington International Airport on October 12, 2022:
GRAND OPENING: $19 MILLION BTV AIRPORT TERMINAL INTEGRATION PROJECT FEATURING SINGULAR SECURITY CHECKPOINT
BURLINGTON, VT – Today, the Burlington International Airport (BTV) is thrilled to announce the grand opening of the long-awaited Terminal Integration Project (TIP). This terminal integration will feature a streamlined security checkpoint, expanded passenger seating, and improved amenities, while greatly reducing BTV’s carbon footprint, among other efficiencies.
Passengers will begin utilizing the integrated security checkpoint on October 11, 2022 at 4:00 am.
“Our vision is to maintain the Burlington International Airport as an essential public resource and a best-in-class facility for generations to come,” said Mayor Weinberger. “The opening of the Terminal Integration Projection represents a dramatic step forward in our planned expansions and improvements at Burlington International Airport and supports our work to continuously improve travel, strengthen safety, lower emissions, and maintain a welcoming and comfortable space for Burlingtonians and visitors alike at the airport.”
This $19 million project was funded by an Airport Improvement Grant (AIP) administered by the Federal Aviation Administration, which Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was instrumental in securing for BTV.
“Infrastructure projects of this size in small states like Vermont are too often overlooked by federal agencies. But as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I fought to make certain Vermont had a seat at the table during annual spending negotiations,” Leahy said. “I am proud of the work we have done to make BTV the hub for tourism, commerce, and technology that it is today. These improvements to the airport will improve passenger services and help keep Vermonters connected to each other, other parts of the country, and the world.”
The new terminal features a four lane security checkpoint equipped with state-of-the-art screening techonology, which will help to reduce security wait times and create a more streamlined screening experience for passengers.
“TSA is excited to unveil the latest in computed tomography (CT) technology in this newly consolidated screening checkpoint,” said Chuck Woyat, Federal Security Director for Vermont. “When the CTs are in use, travelers do not need to remove electronics or travel-size liquids from carry-on luggage, helping to streamline the traveling experience.The opening to the X-ray tunnel on a CT unit is slightly smaller than on a traditional X-ray unit, so TSA advises travelers not to force larger items into the tunnel, but instead, ask a TSA officer for assistance. TSA also recommends that larger carry-on items be checked with the airline. Another feature of the CT scanner system is every carry-on item must be placed in a bin for screening.”
Among high-efficiency LED lighting within this building to reduce BTV’s carbon footprint, the rooftop will host an array of solar panels to power the building, as well as a battery-powered generator. These efficiencies will set the pace for the entirety of BTV’s terminal redesign that is to come.
“We are grateful to our federal partners, especially Senator Leahy, for allowing this project to come to fruition. This phase of construction’s completion is the beginning of a terminal redesign, which will improve the BTV experience for our local community and the dedicated and hardworking BTV employees,” said Nic Longo, Director of Aviation, Burlington International Airport. “I am pleased to welcome travelers to an elevated travel experience at BTV and look forward to continuing to make BTV the greenest and most efficient airport in the country.”