Let's be honest: If you flew out of Port Columbus International Airport's Concourse A this time last year, you were getting the short end of the stick when it came to post-security concessions. Concourse A passengers hankered for Concourse B options like Wolfgang Puck and Columbus Brewing Co.

Let’s be honest: If you flew out of Port Columbus International Airport’s Concourse A this time last year, you were getting the short end of the stick when it came to post-security concessions. Concourse A passengers hankered for Concourse B options like Wolfgang Puck and Columbus Brewing Co.

Now, in the fully renovated Concourse A, you can nibble smoked salmon toasts at wine bar Vino Volo while waiting for your boarding call. Or stop next door at the new Donatos outlet for pizza and a beer.

The airport is smack in the middle of a three-year, $80 million modernization project that is about to get really interesting. For the next several months, parts of the airport ticket lobby roof will be removed and replaced with a new one, complete with skylights. “It’ll really bring more natural light into the facility,” airport spokeswoman Angie Tabor says. “It’ll be brighter and more welcoming.”

Of course, an airport doesn’t have the luxury of closing down during construction. So expect to see a few more customer-service agents in the ticket lobby, especially during the busy morning rush, helping passengers navigate around the work. —Kristen Schmidt