All 4 Jet Bridges Now Open at Duluth Airport
Posted at: 10/29/2013 6:50 PM
| Updated at: 10/29/2013 7:04 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
Just in time for winter, the Duluth International Airport has all four of their jet bridges in operation.
Tuesday afternoon the Duluth Airport Authority announced the new terminal building is completed with all jet bridges ready for service.
"This day marks the closing of this phase of the construction project and it also marks a new beginning. It's a new beginning for passenger travel as we continue on our quest to be the premier gateway to our region," said the DAA Executive Director Tom Werner.
The new terminal opened in January with one operational jet bridge. The other three gates were blocked by the old building, which was demolished in the Spring. The old building's jet bridges were then taken to be refurbished and brought back to the new terminal in September.
Airport officials say the four operational jet bridges completes the construction project.
"It is a day to celebrate. This airport plays a vital role in the region's quest to grow our economy and to develop job opportunities. It also serves as a center piece for our growing aviation sector," said Mike Lundstrom on the DAA Board.
With only one operational jet bridge since January, many passengers were forced to walk outside to their flights. Last winter they used heated walkways to off-set the elements.
Werner said they will now focus on the new parking ramp.