Del Norte County Airport breaks ground
At the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for a new passenger terminal at Del Norte County Airport, “cooperation” was the buzzword.
There would have been no new terminal without teamwork, was the consensus among speakers at the event. The shovels forced into dirt yesterday were the result of a decade of planning for a redesigned airport that could hold its own against its modern counterparts in other big cities.
Despite gusty winds, numerous attendees turned out to the ceremony, who were welcomed by Airport Program Manager, Susan Daugherty and Airport Director Matthew Leitner.
During his opening speech, Leitner said, “We’re here today as a community. A community comprised of cities, counties, states, and sovereign nations because we believe that when communities build airports, airports build communities. This new terminal will be the conduit to our community. It will showcase the natural majesty of our region that we all know, appreciate and love. It will form the indelible first impressions of countless travelers and adventurers,” Leitner said.
Leitner ended his speech with an intergalactic joke. “(The terminal) will be a catalyst for growth, an economic engine, a foundation for untrammeled opportunity until … we become an intergalactic spaceport.”