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Wayne, NE airport gets a major upgrade

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After spending about $950,000, the Wayne Municipal Airport is closer to having some of the most modern airport facilities in the area.

"The airport is our front door to our community, so it's the first impression a lot of people have. So, one of the things we wanted to do was improve that first impression," Airport Treasurer Nancy Braden said.

Braden worked hard to get the money to do the work. The city rewarded her by naming the new terminal after her.

Rod Tompkins said he flies out of the Wayne Airport about twice a week. He said he's excited about the updates.

"I'm really happy that the airport authority has now modernized our airport here in Wayne," Tompkins said.

The significance wasn't lost on Governor Dave Heineman, or Congressman Adrian Smith.

"A celebration like this is about communities, and you know, here we talk about transportation, one of the most fundamental functions of government, it's important to an economy. It's important to future opportunity," Smith said.

"This was a very significant and a very important event for the city of Wayne," Heineman said.

The project isn't complete just yet. There is still work to be done on the terminal, which is connected to the hangar, where the dedication ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon.

The new terminal will house a pilot's lounge, conference room, airport manager's office, and welcome center. Officials said they hope to have this done by October.

Airport authority leaders add that this will be a great place for pilots coming through and in the past year, they've seen an increase in people stopping in town.

"One of the draws we've had is that our av gas prices have been lower than a lot of the airports in the area and that's drawn a lot more pilots into the area," Braden said.

Officials said they hope the new building will attract more students in the area to gain an interest in flying.

Improvements were paid for by the FAA, Department of Aeronautics and local funds.

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