DULUTH - Leaders from across the state gathered at the Duluth International Airport as the project officially took flight.
It took four years to build and was a joint effort between city, state and federal officials and cost $78 million.
The 110,000 square-foot building boasts 400 seats for passengers, a restaurant and lounge, and is fully wi-fi capable.
"Celebrating a milestone. Renovations will benefit our city and regional economy and these improvements and travel accomodations will ensure the security and comfort of every passenger that passes through Duluth International Airport in the months ahead and decades to come," said Minn. Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon.
"I truly believe we have an opportunity here for people to come here, not only from all over Minnesota, but all over the country and all over the world," said Sen. Amy Kobluchar.
Construction on a new parking ramp with direct skywalk access will be completed this Fall.
The old terminal will permanently close on Sunday, Jan. 13 after the last scheduled flight departs and demolition on the old terminal will begin in February.