El Paso International Airport losing lizard motif

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The El Paso International Airport is saying goodbye to some tiny reptiles that have welcomed travelers to the Sun City for two decades.

As part of a nearly $8 million renovation of its terminals, the airport is losing its lizard motif. The lizards have featured prominently on carpet, in glasswork and on fencing since the 1990s.

Officials said the lizards are being replaced with more contemporary blue and gray carpeting and furnishings that better match the airport's new logo and branding.

"(The lizard motif) was very unique to El Paso," Monica Lambraña, Director of Aviation told KTSM. "But we felt it was time to upgrade the look."

Lambraña added the lizard carpeting was expensive to maintain. "The lizard was actually copyrighted. So when we had to replace carpeting, we had to get a special run for it," she said. "We're trying to not only update but become more cost effective."

The work on Concourse A is nearly complete and features new charging stations, floor to ceiling windows and a nursing room for new mothers. Concourse B the busier concourse, home to Southwest Airlines will be complete in the spring.

Lombraña told KTSM the funding for the upgrades comes from a combination of airport revenue, passenger fees and federal grants.


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