Weatherford-Stafford Regional Airport held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of many community members and aviation enthusiasts on Tuesday, November 22nd to honor the airport’s new terminal building.
The $1.6 million project started in December 2021 and took nearly 11 months to complete. A new terminal building was necessary because the current building attached to the Stafford Air and Space Museum could not accommodate the increased air traffic the airport was experiencing. These improvements will give visiting pilots and passengers a grand new access road when flying into Weatherford.
“I am proud to help dedicate Weatherford’s new terminal, which will be an important asset to the surrounding area. Already home to a first-rate air and space museum, Weatherford is a growing community due to its progressive policies and prime location in Western Oklahoma. This new terminal will support economic development, support jobs and increase workforce opportunities while attracting new businesses to the region for years to come.”
Senator Jim Inhofe served as the keynote speaker and led a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolizing an optimistic future for both the Weatherford Stafford Regional Airport and the City of Weatherford. In addition to a ribbon cutting at the new terminal, the event provided an opportunity for both pilots and aviation enthusiasts to give Senator Inhofe a collective appreciation from the industry and a warm farewell towards the end of his final term as U.S. Senator. In over 50 years of public service, Inhofe has been a top air applicant not only in his hometown of Oklahoma, but throughout the United States.
One of Oklahoma’s favorite astronauts and local heroes, General Tom Stafford, was in attendance and addressed this important event for Weatherford.
Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz said: Since the community’s founding, civic leaders and citizens have dedicated their resources and time to investing in pro-growth projects. This airport has become a symbol of character and integrity that embodies Oklahoma standards.”
This project would not have been possible without the leadership of the City of Weatherford, the Oklahoma Aviation Commission and the FAA working together to find a financing solution to complete this important project.
“The Aviation Commission is proud to use this special ribbon cutting at Weatherford as a moment to commemorate Senator Jim Inhofe’s service to Oklahoma’s aviation community. Working with Mayor Mike Brown, General Tom Stafford and others on this project has been one of the most rewarding experiences. They know the importance of aviation and infrastructure and the role airport terminals play in the bigger picture of improving the local economy,” said Aviation Commission Director Grayson Ardies.
Weatherford is an important economic hub for Western Oklahoma, as evidenced by the airport’s $6.3 million annual economic impact and four jet-based jets. Several local body shops call the airport home, but the main attraction is the world-class Stafford Air and Space Museum, located on airport property. General Stafford has made the museum a key component over the years to inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals. Thousands of children from all over Oklahoma visit the museum every year to see the incredible history of this great industry. It’s safe to say that Weatherford is doing an amazing job helping to create a future aviation and aerospace workforce that is critical to the state’s second largest industry.
Senator Darcy Jech said, “This is a great opportunity for the City of Weatherford and its citizens. The new airport terminal is a beacon for Weatherford’s business, showcasing a community that values its infrastructure. The project includes two of the state’s biggest growth sectors: tourism and aerospace. I look forward to seeing the aviation community flourish here.”
Assemblyman Anthony Moore said, “As Custer County Representative, I know that Weatherford’s new terminal is just the beginning of continued growth that will help boost the local economy by bringing new opportunities and better infrastructure to the region. there is.”
Weatherford Mayor Mike Brown said: We now have a beautiful, fully functional terminal building that will serve our community and visitors for decades to come.”