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New Stafford airport terminal a sign of region's growth

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 5:05am  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Stafford Regional Airport will break ground Oct. 16 on a terminal to go with its current 5,000-foot runway -- more evidence the region's economy continues to grow.

The airport's offices have been located in a trailer since it opened a decade ago.

Stafford County Deputy Administrator Tim Baroody says the new terminal should boost business.

"Obviously, we know that that will be a driver for additional business at Stafford Regional Airport," Baroody says.

The 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art terminal will take about a year to build. The airport handles about 300 to 400 flights a month, but that number may increase now.

"The defense community, the federal contracting world, has discovered Stafford in pretty big numbers. We think that Stafford Regional is part of that equation," Baroody says.

The airport, located along Interstate 95, has become a focal point for defense contractors moving into the area around Marine Corps Base Quantico after it went through realignment last year.

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