The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport plans some sprucing up and new features in the next couple of years.

The airport is finalizing designs of the extension of the taxiway to its main runway’s southern end. That will allow planes to take off more quickly and safely.

The design contract is for almost $1.45 million with 90% coming from the Federal Aviation Administration, and 5% each from the state Department of Transportation and airport passenger facility charges on airline tickets.