Birmingham Airport Motel

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Airport Motel
Airport Motel seen from the control tower

The Birmingham Airport Motel was a 120 room motel located at 5900 Messer Airport Highway adjacent to the main terminal at Birmingham Municipal Airport.

In August 1960, the City of Birmingham entered into a lease agreement with Airway Motel, Inc. to construct a motel adjacent to the main terminal building. Proposed at a cost of $1.2 million, the three-story motel had 120 rooms. The building was designed by A. Herbert Mathes of Miami and Charles McCauley.

The motel was constructed in 1961. A ground testing facility used by the Hayes International Corporation was relocated for the access road to the new terminal and motel project by the City of Birmingham. The motel restaurant was known as Aeronaut Restaurant, and its bar was the Flight Lounge.