XNA to begin $34 million terminal renovation project

(Architectural rendering/Hight Jackson Associates)

Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) in Highfill will soon begin a $34 million terminal renovation that will include more elevators, escalators, stairwells and several other upgrades.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.

The work, which is expected to take about two years to complete, also includes new baggage-handling equipment, new information desks, new flight information displays, along with new flooring and lighting, and a new canopy over the drop-off area.

In a separate project, XNA also has an agreement with Today’s Power Inc. to purchase electricity produced by a solar array to help offset electricity costs. (Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the solar work was part of the terminal renovation project. It is an entirely separate project.)

Officials are calling the work a “terminal modernization” project to prepare for an expected growing demand for air travel in the region.

Hight Jackson Associates of Rogers has been contracted to work on the final design of the project.