New downtown airport opening in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A new airport offering commercial passenger flights is opening near the heart of Mobile, Alabama.

The first flight is scheduled to depart Wednesday afternoon from Mobile Downtown Airport. Mayor Sandy Stimpson has posted a photo of his boarding pass for the Frontier Airlines trip to Chicago.

The two-runway airport is located off Interstate 10 at the old Brookley military field within sight of downtown skyscrapers. It’s meant to eventually replace the existing Mobile Regional Airport, which is a roughly 30-minute drive to downtown.

The airport’s new, $8 million terminal only has two gates, but the governing authority plans to expand. The facility is located near the city’s cruise ship terminal.

Cargo flights and general aviation that now use the downtown airfield eventually will shift to the current passenger airport.

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