This project would construct an approximately 3,000 square foot expansion to the existing airport terminal at the Bishop Airport. The expansion would consist of a tensioned fabric structure on the southeast side of the existing terminal on previously disturbed land, which is currently partially paved. The expansion would be connected to the existing terminal via a 20 foot corridor. The project would also include a 1,000 square yard paved parking area, located at the site of an existing compacted gravel parking area.
In the existing terminal, the public space for general aviation users is limited to a 400 square foot lobby and a 300 square foot pilot’s lounge. With use by scheduled charter flights diverting from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport in inclement weather, private charter and business jet traffic on busy weekends, multi-week military training operations, the current terminal space is often inadequate. An expanded General Aviation terminal would allow the County to provide space to aeronautical businesses operating at the Airport – such as a training room for flight instruction.
Commercial service operations proposed to begin at the Airport in late 2021 would be temporarily accommodated in the expanded terminal space; however, the purpose of the General Aviation terminal expansion is to serve the needs of current Airport users. The project would occur regardless of the introduction of commercial service operations.
Staging will occur in dirt parking lot south of the project area. Construction will occur in summer or fall of 2021. The project was intended to begin in 2019, however funding and the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the timeline.