Range Regional Airport – Passenger Terminal Improvements
Range Regional Airport is a public use facility operated by the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority. It is located four miles southeast of Hibbing and 12 miles from Chisholm. Formerly known as Chisholm-Hibbing Airport, it has been serving Minnesota’s Iron Range Region since 1948.Range Regional Airport serves the needs of the region for commercial airline service, charter airline service and general aviation. It is a key economic engine of economic growth in Minnesota’s Iron Range region by providing business and visitor access. Commercial air service to Range Regional Airport consists of two flights per day of 50 passenger regional jets to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). These flights are subsidized under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The recent transition from turboprop service to regional jets at the Range Regional Airport has seen a 25% increase in commercial enplanements so far for 2012.In addition to the regularly scheduled commercial flights, seasonal charter flights from Range Regional Airport to Laughlin, Nevada are operated by Sun Country Airlines, utilizing Boeing 737’s which can accommodating up to 162 passengers.
Built in the 1970s, the existing Passenger Terminal is inadequate for serving commercial aviation because of the following constraints