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Duluth's new air terminal opens Monday
The first commercial airline flight departed from Duluth's new passenger terminal at this morning.
A building dedication ceremony and community open house was held Saturday, attended by approximately 4,000 people.
“This is a landmark day in the history of this airport,” said Duluth Airport Authority Executive Director Tom Werner. “After nearly a decade of planning and hard work by so many, the new terminal is open for business. I want to express my sincere appreciation to the entire community for their support and patience during the project.”
The old terminal accepted its last scheduled flight at 10:37 p.m. Sunday before closing its doors for good. All terminal tenants worked through to night to ensure a seamless transition for the first passengers, Werner said in a news release.
The new 110,000 square foot LEED Silver-certified building will provide a first class customer experience. Some of the improved site features include:
• Multiple pick/up and drop/off lanes resulting in more convenience for passengers
• Separate commercial vehicle lane to alleviate congestion in front of the terminal
• Spacious entry/exit vestibules
• Two main levels, conveniently connected by centrally located escalators, elevators and stairs
• Enlarged, easy to read interior way finding signage
• Numerous windows on each side of the building to allow for natural lighting throughout
• Streamlined Transportation of Homeland Security (TSA) screening process
• Comfortable 400 seat passenger waiting area, complete amenities such as Wi-Fi, TVs, multiple in floor outlets for travelers’ electronics, vending, restrooms and a restaurant and lounge
• New accommodations for processing international flights by Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
• Two baggage carousels to provide passengers quicker access to their luggage
The new terminal was designed by architectural firm Reynolds, Smith, and Hills, Inc. (RS&H) in conjunction with TKDA. Kraus Anderson Construction Co. managed the day-to-day construction operations and coordinated more than 100 contractors, 90 of which reside in the State of Minnesota. Over 300 sustainable trade construction jobs were created as a result of this 3 year project.
“The new terminal is something our community can be proud of. It showcases our region and will provide a lasting impression on those visiting or departing,” Werner said.
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