The $23 million new terminal project underway at Columbia Regional Airport includes an extension of COU's runway (September 2021 file photo courtesy of Emery Sapp and Sons drone)

Columbia Regional Airport’s name could change

The $23 million new terminal project at
Columbia Regional Airport includes an extension of COU’s runway (September 2021 file photo courtesy of Emery Sapp and Sons drone)

Columbia’s city council will hear a report Monday evening on a recommendation to rename Columbia Regional Airport (COU).

The airport advisory board recommends that the council consider renaming COU as Columbia National Airport, to better reflect what the airport has become. There would be some costs with signage and marketing.

The council is also expected to set a public hearing tonight for the $550,000 parking lot expansion project, which will be necessary when the $23-million new terminal is finished.

93 new parking spaces are being proposed, along with better lighting, storm sewers and improved curb and gutter. Funding for the parking lot expansion is primarily coming from transportation sales tax.

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