- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

Expansion projects at Washington Dulles International Airport are facing delays as a result of economic struggles since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Airport officials said they have put off the request of a bond issuance until next month, and this could push back some projects.
"The airport had planned to go to the bond market this week. That decision has been postponed," said Metropolitan Airports Authority spokeswoman Tara Hamilton.
Ms. Hamilton said the authority will try to get a bond issuance next month.
She said bond money has not yet been earmarked for any specific project. The delay comes as airlines struggle to increase their passenger rates and airports attempt to resume full flight schedules.
Dulles is in the middle of a six-year, $3.4 billion expansion project that includes two parking garages totaling 2.7 million square feet, along with a new runway, concourse and pedestrian walkway. Due dates for bids on the construction of the walkway, with an estimated cost of $3 million to $6 million, have been delayed twice since the attacks.
At Baltimore-Washington International Airport, work toward a $1.8 billion expansion plan has moved forward without delays thus far. The plan includes two new concourses, expanded parking, pedestrian skywalks and people movers.
"The program is still on schedule," said Maryland Department of Transportation spokesman Jack Cahalan. "What we're doing is monitoring things in the airline industry."
Mr. Cahalan said construction for a parking garage and expansion of Terminal A at the airport was under way before Sept. 11 and was not delayed.
But he said projects could be put on hold if the airport struggled to regain business or if security costs became prohibitive. BWI will have to spend at least $1.3 million on security upgrades, according to one estimate. Both BWI and Dulles lost about $5 million from Sept. 11 to Sept. 30. Both have been operating at 85 percent of capacity.
There are no major construction projects scheduled at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Across the country, many airports face expansion delays and some are postponing plans indefinitely. Many airports said expansion may be unnecessary for the time being because they can handle current passenger numbers without them.
At Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, work has completely stopped on most of the airport's $1.2 billion expansion project.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is ceasing all nonessential construction and may delay opening a runway that was to be put into service in December 2003. Los Angeles International Airport has scaled back its expansion plans to emphasize security over capacity.
At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, airport officials have drawn up a list of about 100 capital projects in the main terminal that may be delayed. The airport has delayed construction of a new terminal after airport experts informed officials they could meet passenger-capacity demands without it.

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