Expansion & Development

As Alabama’s largest airport, the facilities at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) continue to grow and expand. In order to strengthen the marketability of our airport and the Birmingham Region, we strive to maintain a first-class facility that will continue to enhance Birmingham as a great place to live, work and do business.

Several projects are underway, including the following:

ARFF Station

Construction is underway for a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (“BHM”). The fire station will be located southwest of the terminal building, adjacent to the western edge of the terminal apron. The approximate size of the 4 vehicle bay station will be 17,000 square feet. The new facility to house all equipment and personnel needed to meet the airport’s Index C requirements under 14 CFR Part 139. Estimated completion: March 31, 2021

Runway 24 Glide Slope Terrain Improvements

Construction to upgrade the inside glide slope critical area east of Runway 24 at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport will soon be underway. The project consists of grading and drainage work. This will improve the navigational aid (NAVAID) for pilots on Runway 24 which also improves safety for the flying community. The construction project is estimated at $3.1 million and will be funded through Airport Improvement Program (AIP) discretionary grants and CARES Act funds. The project will take approximately 180 days for completion.

Runway 18/36 Rehabilitation Project

Construction will soon be underway to rehabilitate the pavement for Runway 18/36.  This project serves to address pavement fatigue and extend the useful life of the runway which is primarily used for general aviation traffic. A runway closure up to 70 days will take place but will not impact normal airport operations. The construction project is estimated at $8.1 million and will be federally funded through Airport Improvement Program (AIP) discretionary grants and CARES Act funds.

Land Redevelopment Plan

A comprehensive planning study is in progress to update the airport’s Land Use Redevelopment Plan. The project consultants will soon provide an assessment and recommendations of the study area for the following categories: land use recommendations, terrain analysis, infrastructure, utilities and roadway system, and an environmental analysis along with a cost estimate for development. This project is approximately 80% complete.

Rental Car Quick-Turn-Around Facility (QTA)

The Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA), in conjunction with the rental car agencies operating at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, recently built a new quick-turn-around facility (QTA) located along Messer-Airport Highway, the main thoroughfare to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. This new facility will soon be used to provide each rental car agency with dedicated “quick-turn-around” (QTA) areas for vehicle maintenance and increased parking/storage capacity for “ready cars.” This project has reached substantial completion.