Did you realize that Ellington Field changed its name 2 or so years ago to Ellington Airport? Don’t worry if you haven’t kept up, because there’s already another name upgrade in the works, this time to Ellington International Airport. (“Intercontinental” was already taken). What’s next — Intergalactic? Maybe: Houston Airports aviation director Mario C. Diaz announced plans earlier this year to transform the commercial, military, and NASA facility into a “spaceport” where wealthy passengers could embark on leisure spaceflights — at about $50,000 a pop.
Other big — but shorter-term — projects coming to Ellington: a new terminal, tower, and federal inspection station for domestic and international flights (already under construction); a new 4-story, 100,000 regional Coast Guard facility (local Guard HQ will move here from Galena Park); new training, maintenance, logistics, and battle command centers for the U.S. military complex there; plans from an “unspecified developer” for a fly-in business and cargo park on the north side of the airport, complete with warehouses and airplane parking; 2 new hangars for Ellington’s aircraft museum (and maybe another for the Lone Star Flight Museum, if it moves north from Galveston); plus $60 to $70 million worth of new hangars, which local companies will be able to lease for exciting new enterprises like training classes in aerial pig shooting.
- Ellington International Airport to become ‘spaceport’ [Airport World]
- Major expansion set at Ellington Airport [Houston Business Journal]
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