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New Concord Regional Airport Terminal Opening Soon

Sep 19, 2016 04:49PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Recently, we posted an article, "Concord Regional Airport: It’s Taking Off," that informed us of the upcoming updates to the Concord Regional Airport. These updates include a new terminal, built to accommodate the substantial growth this community has seen. This new terminal also opens up more opportunity to travel, and a wider variety to choose from. 

Richard Cloutier, the current Aviation Director, has been an integral factor to the creation of this terminal. We were able to get in touch with him to learn more about this new terminal, and to find out when it is expected to open. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I have lived in Concord for almost 5 years. Before being the Aviation Director for Concord I was an airport director in Maine. Before that I was in the Marine Corps for 20 years.

How has it been being the aviation director for the Concord Airport for the past few years?

It has been very interesting and a great learning environment. The City and the airport has been through some pretty amazing growth. It has been very rewarding working for the city at the airport.

Tell me a little bit about the new airport terminal. How will it benefit the community? 

This new facility will assist the region and give more options to the flying public. Our new expansion will also assist our general aviation and corporate traffic giving them a more efficient environment.

What is something that you are the most excited about when it comes to this project? 

Being completed! But really just being able to work with the city leaders and management to plan and construct the building.

When will the expected opening date be? 

The first week of October.

What is the most memorable moment you've had so far? 

Operating our first commercial flight in December of 2013. Before that the airport had not ever had a scheduled commercial operation. 

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