Duluth International Aiport Says Fly Local

By KBJR News 1

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM CDT


Duluth International Airport is working to get more Northlanders to fly out of Duluth, rather than bypassing their terminal for the Twin Cities.

An "in process" study has found over half of Duluthians prefer to fly out of the Minneapolis airport rather than Duluth.

Although the study has not yet been released Duluth International is already taking steps toward reducing the market leakage.

"We have daily flights to Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit, so we have pretty convenient options to three major hubs," says Tom Werner, Executive Director of the Duluth Aiport Authority.

Many Duluthians have experienced higher fares in Duluth, which discouraged them from using the airport.

But Werner says they are working with the airlines to find common ground.

"They're pretty good about working with us, especially when things get out of whack they'll adjust them back down...they're acutely aware of it and they're pretty good at working with us."

"Despite some market leakage Duluth International had one of it's best passenger turnouts just last year. Surrounding businesses are thankful.

"We see a lot more corporate travelers come in this way, a lot of businesses even get–a–ways. With the summer time there's a big influx in tourism as well," says Jarett Mickelson, Director of Sales at the Suites Hotel.

Werner says the efforts to increase inbound traffic, if successful will also lead to lower fares.

Duluth International also offers a low cost service through Allegiant airlines to multiple locations.

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