For Immediate Release
Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport celebrates completion of $40 million modernized air terminal
SANTA ROSA, CA | August 23, 2023
County, state and federal representatives joined officials from the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport today to celebrate the completion of the final phase of the $40 million air terminal modernization project. The final segment features a renovated front entrance of the terminal, which has been transformed by glass paneling. Bronze statues of Charlie Brown and Linus have also returned to the front of the terminal to welcome travelers.
“The investment in a modernized air terminal not only helps meet Sonoma County’s transportation needs, but it also secures our place as a convenient alternative to larger airports to the south,” said Supervisor Chris Coursey, chair of the Board of Supervisors. “Thanks to the support of our state and federal partners, and tireless effort over many years by airport officials, visitors and locals alike will benefit from an easier, more efficient and more enjoyable air travel experience to and from Sonoma County.”
“A modernized airport supports the vitality of our tourism economy, not just with jobs and tax revenue, but by offering travelers an exceptional experience befitting our region,” said Fourth District Supervisor James Gore. “I want to thank our airport officials, along with state and federal leaders, who collaborated in the hard work to bring this project home.”
The terminal modernization project added more than 27,000 additional square feet of space including a renovated ticketing lobby, improved double-lane security lanes, a large main lobby with four additional boarding gates and dedicated concessionaires, an outdoor seating area, a new baggage claim area equipped with two baggage carousels, improved public viewing areas and car rental areas, and local artwork recognizing the airport’s namesake, Charles M. Schulz. The new terminal officially opened to the public on Nov. 16, 2022 although the front entrance was not completed until this month.
New amenities include two private lactation rooms located pre-security and post-security. The post-security lactation room is equipped with a sink and changing table. Additionally, a post-security outdoor patio with shade umbrellas and seating has been added between Concourse A and Concourse B, where guests can enjoy meals from concessionaires. Apple Spice catering, previously open in Concourse B, has moved into a permanent space located in Concourse A. This new permanent setup allows the concessionaire to offer pizza, soup, sandwiches, and ice cream, as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Concourse A also features Crush, a new wine bar offering local beer and wine, as well as a full bar and select breakfast and lunch items.
An additional pet relief area has opened between the concourses, complete with a fire hydrant, sink and bench. A full-service vending area will open this year in Concourse B serving both local and national products. Passengers will be able to purchase fresh food items including hot dishes, hot coffee, cold coffee, a variety of popular snacks and beverages, and other travel essentials.
According to economic impact analysis, the Capital Improvement Plan at Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport has supported an average of 164 jobs annually, generated $100.9 million in total payroll, $31.2 million in tax revenue, and $231.7 million in economic output in Sonoma County.