Phase 1: What We've Accomplished

Our goal is to improve the overall passenger experience from the moment of arrival, whether you’re taking off or landing here.

  • 12,000 square feet of new first-floor space for passenger check-in, an improved screening checkpoint, and a new concourse area, complete with concession space
  • 12,000 square feet of new lower-level space for baggage handling and airline operations
  • A new escalator
  • A second passenger boarding bridge
  • Sustainable building initiatives
  • A new fieldstone fireplace
  • Two passenger screening lanes
  • A new Service Animal Relief Area (SARA)
  • A new private Lactation Room (coming soon!)

Terminal Expansion & Runway Project Update (2/7/23)

The first phase of the terminal expansion is complete!  The building has several new amenities to make the traveling public’s experience more enjoyable.  The terminal expansion features floor-to-ceiling electrochromic glass windows, an innovative technology from SageGlass that manages brightness and glare by automatically tinting the windows based on the location of the sun. The Airside Cafe is complete, featuring food and beverages made fresh by Great Circle Catering. We have also added various amenities to make PSM more accessible, including a Service Animal Relief Area (SARA) and a Lactation Room!


Phase 2: Terminal Arrivals Hall Expansion & Improvements

Portsmouth International Airport (PSM) has been awarded $7M in federal grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assist with phase two of the terminal expansion for our new 5,200 square foot terminal arrivals hall. The expansion will improve our arrivals capacity, alleviating current congestion, increasing accessibility, and supporting future growth at the airport. This project will also include the replacement of our 65 year old outdated electric services, add LED lighting throughout the terminal, and create more windows to maximize natural light, all of which combine to help make our airport become more energy efficient. Additional improvements will include a redesigned baggage claim area and the relocation of rental car counters, parking kiosks, and information and customer service booths.

Phase 2 will be breaking ground in the Spring of 2023! Stay tuned for progress pictures and more!

Check out what phase 2 of our terminal arrivals hall will look like in the link below!

Terminal Arrivals Hall Renderings


Square feet of new passenger service space


Additional Seats


Linear feet of baggage handing belts

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