Airport celebrates completion of Landscaping, Lighting Improvement Project

On Monday, officials with the El Paso International Airport celebrated the completion of the Airport Terminal Landscape Architectural Lighting Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Last year, over 3.2 million passengers passed through our terminal and this project will ensure that the first and last impression passengers have of our city is an exceptional one. With new walking paths, a plaza, a public art installation, fitness area, and inspirational decorative words, this project will elevate the airport experience,” said Monica Lombrana, A.A.E., Managing Director of Aviation and International Bridges for the City of El Paso.

The project’s footprint begins at the intersection of Montana and Airway and continues along and around Terminal Drive loop.

It includes the construction of new sidewalks, walkways, as well as a new plaza that will provide a pedestrian connection between the  terminal building and the surrounding hotels and restaurants.

The work also incorporates color changing, programmable LED lights into the landscaping and terminal building.

“El Paso Passage” a public art piece designed by Bill FitzGibbons, which consists of color changing lights, was installed beneath the Airway overpass as a part of this project in 2018.

The Department of Aviation managed and funded this $11 million investment through the airport’s enterprise fund.

No taxpayer dollars were utilized.

The project is part of the Airport’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) originally approved in 2016. The work aligns with the City’s strategic goal to promote the visual image of the city. It was designed by Meridian Greenworks, LLC, and constructed by Jordan Foster Construction, LLC.