2019 Progress Businesses
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
With overall passenger numbers increasing and a new executive director on the way, Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) is poised to make major progress in 2019 and beyond. Over the last several years, TRI has been positioning itself for growth both in air service and the aerospace manufacturing industry.
The development of Aerospace Park, which is now fully funded, stands to bring as many as 2,000 well-paid, aerospace industry jobs to our region. Airport officials are targeting aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul companies, or MROs, that specialize in constructing, refurbishing, and repairing aircraft. While some MROs work on commercial aircraft and others service private or military aircraft, TRI is focusing on all sectors for potential Aerospace Park residents. Through partnerships with educational resources, like Northeast State Community College and others, TRI is confident that when companies come to the Tri-Cities they will find a base of qualified potential employees.
Aside from soliciting MROs to make the Tri-Cities their next home, TRI officials are hard at work attracting new commercial service to the airport. Each year, the TRI team travels to multiple air service development conferences to attend meetings with numerous airline representatives who aid airlines in determining which airports will receive new or continuing service. Current airline partners, and other airlines, have shown interest in expanding their partnerships with the airport.
Allegiant recently announced the return of the seasonal flight from TRI to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) just outside Tampa, Florida. Flights begin in late May and can be booked now through Allegiant’s online booking engine. Low fares make Allegiant’s flights a great resource for a quick weekend getaway.
Airline partners Delta and American Airlines offer service to larger hubs for connecting travel. With flights from American Airlines landing in Charlotte, North Carolina, and flights with Delta traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, it is possible to be nearly anywhere in the United States or in many foreign countries with just one connecting flight.
In 2019, TRI also looks forward to welcoming a Global Entry Enrollment Center to the main terminal. Much like TSA Pre-Check, but for international travelers, Global Entry offers low-risk travelers expedited clearance as they reenter the United States.
Learn more about TRI by visiting TRIflight.com and keep up with the latest updates by following the airport on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.