Heins added having one TSA checkpoint doesn't help matters either.
"That gets to be a problem," he said.
Ultimately, plans will be influenced by the finals results of the study as the county will need to work with the FAA for both the design and how the project will be paid for, Brown said. The county already charges a $4.50 facility fee per passenger flying out of Plattsburgh International, he added, and receives federal funding - known as "entitlement money" - for having more than 10,000 passengers a year. Both, in addition to airport parking fees that will begin March 1, could help in covering the cost of the expansion, which is expected to be anywhere between $10 and $20 million, said Brown.
The county will move forward with formal design plans once results of the feasibility study are in hand, Brown said. That process, which will include a required environmental impact assessment, will take the remainder of the year, depending on FAA approval, he added. Construction would likely take another year.
"We're probably looking at the beginning of 2013," Brown said of the earliest an expansion could be completed.