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18 CHAPTER FIVE DULUTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT--DULUTH AIRPORT MAINTENANCE FACILITY AIRPORT SPONSOR AND INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS 189,000 ft2, including three hangar bays and six support shops (100,000 ft2) and more than 300 adjacent acres available for Airport Name Duluth International Airport (DLH) expansion or development. The building has also accommo- dated DC-9 and Boeing 757 aircraft, and with a few modifica- City, State Duluth, Minnesota tions, could handle wide-body aircraft. To further enhance all weather operations, the DAA installed a CAT II instrument Airport Sponsor Duluth Airport Authority (DAA) landing system (ILS) on the primary runway in 2001. No other airport in the state of Minnesota has a comparable system with Facility OwnerDuluth Economic Development the exception of MinneapolisSt. Paul International Airport. Authority (DEDA) The maintenance facility is located on the north side of Persons InterviewedBrian Hanson, Executive Director, the airfield, a relatively undeveloped part of the airport. The DEDA Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting facility is next door, and an Brian Ryks, Executive Airport airport access road connects the north side of the airport to Director the terminal area. Site development for the North Business Development Area to the west of the maintenance facility was just completed and includes road access, a new taxiway, THE SITUATION and apron and utilities. The Duluth Airport Maintenance Facility was built in 1996 by NWA operated the maintenance facility from 1996 until Northwest Airlines for maintenance, repair, and overhaul of its 2005. Shortly before declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in fleet of A319 and A320 aircraft (see Figure 13). The facility is September 2005, NWA stopped maintaining Airbus aircraft FIGURE 13 MRO facility, Duluth International Airport: Airport sponsor and interview participants.