ROMULUS (AP) – Detroit Metropolitan Airport plans to replace its
decaying Smith and Berry terminals with a passenger terminal that
could attract discount carriers and more international flights to
the Middle East.

“We can now compete with anyone in the Midwest for new carriers
and new international routes,” said Wayne Doran, chairman of the
Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates the airport.

Airport executives already are negotiating with two foreign
carriers and two discount domestic airlines about adding service,
The Detroit News reported yesterday.

Airport officials recently began circulating renderings of the
$425 million North Terminal. The new 29- to 35-gate terminal, to be
completed in 2006, will be built on the site of the former Davey
Terminal, vacated last year when Northwest Airlines moved to its
new Midfield Terminal.

No taxpayer money will be used to build the new terminal.

Last month, the airport authority approved plans to sell bonds,
financed by landing fees collected from airlines, to build the
North Terminal, Doran said.








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