MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - Davis Field in Muskogee is getting a half a million CIP grant from the state's Aeronautics Commission to replace the airport's existing terminal building.

The city of Muskogee will provide $635,800 in matching funds for the project.  The total cost is $1,135,800.

"Making sure that our public airports meet the needs of businesses using our airports and that they are safe are priorities for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission," said OAC Director Victor Bird. "Businesses these days come calling on an aircraft, not a bus. This terminal, along with its runway, will make the airport Muskogee's front door to the world."

Officials point to the existing terminal's age and current condition as reasons for a new terminal.

The new, larger facility will provide many of the amenities that are commonly found in today's airport terminals such as a public reception area; men's and women's rest rooms; administrative offices; conference room for public use; pilot flight planning and weather briefing area; and a kitchen or vending area.

"We have continued to make investments into our airport and with assistance from the Aeronautics Commission, we will continue to make major improvements and grow our airport," said Muskogee city manager Greg Buckley.

Buckley said the airport has added a hangar in recent years and is in current discussions about adding yet another hangar to satisfy increased demand.