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Work on a variety of capital projects began during the spring of 2024 at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). These projects include routine maintenance and the replacement/refurbishing of existing infrastructure. Safety, efficiency, and protecting the environment are top priorities at JAC, and these commitments are considered with every project as they conceived, designed, and developed.

Environmental Projects

Vehicle Service Road

To protect an existing irrigation ditch and maintain safety area standards defined by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Vehicle Service Road (VSR) is being relocated to the western edge of the Airport’s perimeter fence. A small bridge will cover the water culvert to preserve the ditch. The VSR will be completed this spring, and no operational impacts are expected.

 

Deicing Pad – Multiyear Project

The deicing pad is being expanded to increase deicing pad capacity. The glycol (aircraft deicing fluid) collection system will also be expanded to accommodate the larger deicing pad, which allows spent glycol to be captured, separated from run-off water, and recycled or removed.

The deicing access taxilane and the north taxiway A will also undergo rehabilitation to allow aircraft queuing for deicing to wait on the access taxilane which will improve efficiency and eliminates the need for aircraft to wait on designated aircraft parking spaces needed for other planes.

These improvements will increase deicing capacity and operational efficiency by reducing aircraft deice times and associated departure delays caused by deicing needs and wait times experienced with the current pad configuration.

The rehabbed taxiway leading up to the deicing pad will reduce emissions from idling aircraft by allowing them to wait for deicing services close to the pad instead of parking at a designated gate close to the terminal.

The Deice Pad & Taxiway A – North Improvements Project will be split into 2 Phases.

Phase 1 includes the taxilane and taxi rehabilitation. Phase 2 will include expansion of the deice pad and collection system. Work relative to Phases 1 and 2 began in 2023 and is expected to be completed by 2026.

 

 

Refurbished & Replaced Infrastructure Projects

Air Traffic Control (ATCT) Tower 

ATCT improvements include installing a new roof on the tower, installation of new consoles, radios, beacon, electric boilers, and a generator. Replacing the tower’s gas boilers with electric boilers will reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This project is expected to be completed by the end of this summer, and the ATCT will remain operational while the work takes place.

Airport Administration/Fixed Based Operator (FBO) Terminal & Hangar 4 Demolition

Hangar 4 was over 30 years old and was demolished in Late April of 2024. In its place will stand a new facility used for Airport Administrative Offices and the FBO Terminal.

Upon completion, this building will be the most environmentally respectful facility Jackson Hole Airport has constructed to date. To learn more about the sustainable features of the building, please click here.

FAQs

A. The white solo is part of the temporary concrete batch plant which became operational in late March of 2024. The batch plant is expected to be active from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October of 2024, and nighttime work is not expected.

Crews will be using the concrete as they work on improvements to the Airport’s Vehicle Service Road, Air Traffic Control tower improvements, and expansion of the deicing pad which includes taxi lane and taxiway rehabilitation.

A. Rebuilding the facility is necessary because the current structure has reached its end-of-life. Upon completion the new structure will provide airport staff with much-needed administration offices, training, and meeting spaces. The ground level floor of the proposed facility will be utilized by FBO staff, pilots, and customers to serve general aviation aircraft. The ground level includes FBO staff offices, operations and fueling support spaces, pilot flight planning center, and a lobby. The basement level includes additional support and storage space.

A. Terminal facilities do not influence a customer’s or pilot’s decision to travel to Jackson Hole. The rebuilt offices and terminal will provide a facility that incorporates safe, efficient, and industry-leading environmental standards that are consistent with the rest of the facilities at the Airport. An increase in general aviation traffic is not anticipated.

A. Airport revenues and revenue bonds will be used to pay for the facility. Sources of airport revenue include fuel sales, landing fees, and hangar rents. The revenue bonds (loan) used for the construction of this facility will be paid back over time using FBO revenues.

The Airport does not receive any local sales or property tax dollars and the costs associated with each facility at the Airport are paid for by the revenue generated by the users of those facilities.

A. Please contact the Airport’s Communications Manager, Meg Jenkins by emailing megan.jenkins@jhairport.org or calling (307) 699-4387.

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