Duluth Airport Announces Opening Date for $77.5 Million Terminal Project

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Duluth Airport Announces Opening Date for $77.5 Million Terminal Project

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 11:56 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Almost 4 years later, the new $77.5 million passenger terminal project is just a few months away from opening up to the public.

Thursday morning, the Duluth Airport Authority announced that the new terminal will open on January 14th, 2013.

"This is a great day for the airport," said Duluth Airport Authority Interim Executive Director Tom Werner. "After several years of hard work by so many, the end in finally in sight. I'd like to thank our community for their support and patience during the process."

The first phase of the project broke ground on September 1st, 2009 which focused on infrastructure, new roadways and parking areas.

Currently, contractors are completing the remainder of the interior and expanding the aircraft parking apron. The last phase of the project will consist of demolishing the existing terminal, finishing the additional apron area and constructing a 366 spot parking structure.

Officials at the airport hope that this terminal will help strengthen the region's aviation sector, including Cirrus Aircraft, the 148th Fighter Wing, AAR and many more aviation businesses and colleges.

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