Range Regional Airport near Hibbing and Chisholm celebrated a new look and expanded services Wednesday night.
The re–do had been in the works for a while and the event let people take a look around.
The airport terminal has grown from 9–thousand to 21–thousand square feet.
The boarding area can now handle 150 travelers rather than a mere 35.
And, passengers boarding planes now go through a jet bridge instead of walking through the weather across the ramp.
The airport’s executive director hopes the facility will play a role in rejuvenating the Iron Range.
“With some of the businesses on the horizon like Polymet, we expect the Range to always continue and we’re in a good position to support that.
It’s a matter of time. It will happen. It will rebound again and we’re here for that.” said executive director Shaun Germolus.
In the interest off boosting Range business, The Chisholm Hibbing Airport Authority recently built a 30,000 square foot building it feels can suit any manufacturing, office or warehousing business.