Officials with the Airport Advisory Board are trying to attract more pilots from other parts of the country to use the Lawrence Municipal Airport for flying and storing their planes.
They're also trying to make it easier for local pilots to store their planes close to home rather than in Kansas City or Topeka.
Board members have been working on a master plan for the airport to add 20 hangars and lengthen the runway.
"Longer runway, bigger airplanes, it's good for industry no matter how you cut it," Pilot Tim Pond says.
Board officials say the demand is there. They've had a 40-person waiting list for hangars for several years.
"Out of the first 20 people that they called, 18 of them said that we were definitely interested and ready to go at this point in time," Airport Advisory Board Chairman, Richard Haig, says.
Plus they say although the economy makes budgets tighter, it also makes building cheaper.
"In '08 when we started looking at it, the price tag for the whole project would have been about 2.1 million dollars, and now it's come down to about 1.3 million dollars," explains Haig.
The chairman of the Airport Advisory Board says the bonds used to pay for the new hangars will be paid for by renting them out. He says it will only be a matter of years until they're paid back.
The City Commission decided on Tuesday evening to defer the proposal to build the hangars to get more information on the economic impact of the airport.