The state of Wyoming has approved grant money to help pay for the expansion of the baggage claim area of Jackson Hole Airport currently under way. Airport Manager Ray Bishop says those funds were approved in Cheyenne Thursday morning. The Wyoming Business Council approved the project for $5-million: $2-million dollars to be a straight cash grant, and $3-million to be a loan at 1.5% interest for the baggage claim project. That project is taking place none-too-soon as activity at the airport continues to grow – with up to ten jetliners spending overnights on the tarmac during this summer’s weekends. That, says Bishop, corresponds with an increased level in passengers and an increase in destinations out of Jackson. Bishop says the airport is up to 12 with the destinations to include Seattle and JFK in New York by December. For the summer, however, Bishop says major connections include ten cities. Bishop says “None-the-less,[there are] 757 aircraft for long-haul for places like Atlanta and Newark, we’ve got the Houston flights, we’ve got the Los Angeles/San Francisco flights and of course the Denver and Salt Lake City as well as Minneapolis.” All of this, he says leads to key departure times like between 7:00 and 8:00 am having about 1500 people being connected with their flights at the Jackson Hole gates. Additionally, Bishop says flights are being consolidated with fewer small aircraft being replaced by larger jetliners. That means more people at a time going through security or claiming their luggage.