Duluth Airport Terminal Gears up for Grand Opening

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Airport Terminal Gears up for Grand Opening

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The steady progress on the multi–million dollar expansion has given officials time to think about the future.

"Come the end of February we'll begin demolition of the old facility, and that will take a couple of months," said Duluth Airport Authority Executive Director Tom Werner.

Werner says the main focus now is making sure travelers will get the most bang for their buck in comfort, safety, and that close to home feeling.

While the old facility was significantly lacking in necessary post–9/11 security updates, the new terminal will have cameras at virtually every angle and a 24/7 uniform presence, which Werner says will hopefully include the Duluth Police Department.

But when it comes to the latest and greatest forms of security, it's all about what you don't see.

"[We have] a lot of technology provided for people's safety and security that may not necessarily be visible to the naked eye," said Werner.

The highlight, says Werner, will be the new concourse, complete with hi-definition weather and travel reports, news, concessions, and plug–ins under every seat for the traveler in need of a quick charge.

"Folks should plan on coming early and grabbing a cup of coffee, or a beverage and a sandwich, and sit and relax before [their] aircraft arrives," said Werner.

But plans to include Duluth's art scene throughout the terminal is what Werner says will give it that Northland charm, as out–of–towners will get a chance to see a snapshot of what Duluth's artists have to offer.

"And for the folks returning home after a long trip, they'll get that sense of what home is, as well," said Werner.

...additions that should help make this upgrade one–of–a–kind.

After the completion of phase three, phase four will also include the construction of a $7 million, three–story parking ramp which will directly connect travelers to the new terminal via a skywalk system.

-posted to the web by Billy Wagness