HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern airport in the heart of New Mexico’s oil region is continuing its expansion despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and drop in gas prices.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports officials say the expansion of Lea Regional Airport is on course and the completion of the airport terminal expansion Phase 1 should finish by the end of April.
Designed to add about 9,000 square feet (836.1 square meters) to the current 4,400-square-foot (408.7-square-meter) terminal, Phase 1 will triple the amount of space available for passengers.
Phase 2, the reconstruction of the existing terminal, will start only after Phase 1 is completed.
Phase 3 will double the phase 1 gate seating area.
Oilfield workers traveling by air to Hobbs are exempted from New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recent requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days.