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Officials schedule February opening of $94M Minot terminal

MINOT, N.D. — Officials in Minot are preparing to open a $94 million airport terminal in four months, after more than two years of construction.

The facility is about 90 percent complete, and much of the remaining work is wiring for computer systems, according to city spokesman Bob Lindee. The last two of four jetways were installed this week.

“The terminal is built with six gates. We’re putting in four jet bridges and the sixth gate has a passenger elevator for small aircraft that can’t reach up to the jet bridges,” Lindee said. “So, we have the room to expand.”

Officials have scheduled an open house for the public to unveil the new facility on Feb. 20. The last flight into the current terminal will be Feb. 28, and the inaugural flight at the new terminal will take place the following day.

Minot is on the edge of the western oil patch, and passenger numbers at the airport have tripled in recent years as energy production has surged. The new terminal will be able to handle about 300,000 annual boardings — three times the number of the current facility.

Minot is served by Delta, United and Allegiant.

“We’re hoping with the expansion of the terminal and the room we have now, we’ll be able to get more flights out in the mornings and at the same time, we’ll be able to attract at least one more airline,” Lindee said.

In related news, Minot may soon be North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area.

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