Photos: BR Metro Airport renovations, upgrades

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge Metro Airport Director of Aviation Anthony Marino speaks, flanked by, from left, City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel and Airport Commission Chairman and Metro Councilman Trae Welch, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the airport's Terminal Renovation and Rotunda Expansion Project. At left is a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, providing natural light and expansive runway views. The new area that the crowd is seated in is an extension of the previous rotunda area, which ended at right, where there is a skylight and bright white partition on the ceiling.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge's Raymond Payne, left, waits for his uncle's arrival, and passenger Brian Marbach of New Orleans gets ready for a flight, in the area of the original Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport rotunda, which has now been converted into an 'arrival court' on the pre-security side, for use by guests greeting arriving passengers. The newer area where the rotunda was expanded is the location for the Transportation and Security Administration checkpoint, which was formerly located at the center, background area in this photo.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The new Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Baton Rouge Metro Airport, part of its Terminal Renovation and Rotunda Expansion Project, now has room for expansion into three lanes, for the future.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --New gift shop in the secure area at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, part of the airport's Terminal Renovation and Rotunda Expansion Project.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- One of two commemorative cakes decorated with a terminal exterior view, for the Baton Rouge Metro Airport's ribbon cutting ceremony for its Terminal Renovation and Rotunda Expansion Project.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Inflatable airliners float above balloon clusters near the ceiling in the rotunda expansion area Tuesday at the at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport's ribbon-cutting held to celebrate the completion of its Terminal Renovation and Rotunda Expansion Project.