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United States : MONACO Air constructing new terminal in Duluth.

The Monaco Air Duluth is constructing a new $4 million terminal that will triple its space, improve its profile and offer the high-end amenities that executives, dignitaries and celebrities who make stops in Duluth in private planes expect during their travels.

That, united with an expansion for U.S. Customs quarters at Monaco Air, positions the general aviation terminal for future growth for flights not served at the airport's main passenger terminal.

Monaco Air as the airport's fixed-base operator offers fueling, maintenance and de-icing services to corporate, foreign, military, charter and personal planes that stop in Duluth besides offering respite for passengers and crews. And since Duluth is an international port of entry, it offers U.S. Customs clearance on site for those international flights.

The base manages 300 to 400 technical stops a year. Approximately 60 % are international flights, with most coming from Europe en route to the American Southwest, as per to owners Don Monaco and Mike Magni.

Magni said, "We try to do them in less than 20 minutes, very similar to a NASCAR pit stop .

With Duluth's proximity to the Canadian border, Monaco Air sees opportunities to draw more international flights. The most direct flight route between Europe to the American Southwest passes right over Duluth.

Magni said, We're the first stop coming from London". "There are plenty of stops in Canada, but they're off the circle route with a greater flight range."

With construction of the new terminal, the owners expect to improve their international business and draw more domestic flight stops to Duluth. And with more space, they will be capable to accommodate several aircraft arrivals at the same time.

Monaco said, "We will have a much more inviting, comfortable environment for passengers and crew". "We expect to grow as a result."

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Date:Nov 19, 2015
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