Klobuchar, Franken, Oberstar Announce $5 Million for Improvements to Duluth Airpor

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congressman Jim Oberstar announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded Duluth International Airport $5 million to construct a terminal building and improve the airport’s infrastructure.

“A 21st-century economy demands a 21st-century transportation network,” Klobuchar said.“By investing in our infrastructure today, we’re creating jobs and laying the groundwork to address Minnesota’s and the nation’s transportation needs in the future.”

“Regular and reliable air service is imperative to maintaining a strong economy throughout northeastern Minnesota,” Franken said. “This funding will create jobs that Minnesotans need today and sustain the area’s prosperity in the future.”

“The terminal building is obsolete,” said Oberstar. “Passengers who have cleared security screening do not have access to restrooms and the tails of the jets protrude onto the active taxiway when they are parked at the terminal gate. The new terminal building will ensure that Duluth continues to have quality air service.”

The $5 million will go towards completing the second of the project’s three phases. The first phase was completed last year and resulted in the creation of 136 jobs. The project will be completed in 2012, resulting in an additional 200 construction jobs with no additional cost to local taxpayers.