(10/26/12) - Hundreds of people crowded into the terminal of MBS airport Friday morning.
They weren't there to catch a flight - they were celebrating the grand opening of the Airport's new $55 million terminal project.
The project took six years to complete.
The airport manager says this new terminal means smoother travel for the region's passengers. The building will open its doors for business Oct. 31.
"I think it's really nice. It's nice and airy. I really think it will be a good addition. I know it's not much bigger than the other one, but I think it has much more potential," said Jeanne Mallak, who came to the celebration.
Federal, state, and local leaders joined airport manager Jeff Nagel for the announcement.
"I wanted to ask the question, 'how do you think we did?' Nagel said.
He says this terminal will be around for several decades. "The facility will provide the Great Lakes Bay Region with an airline terminal that will serve for the next 40 to 50 years and when we did our original studies back in 2004-2005, we knew something needed to be done and today's really the culmination of those efforts."
"Two hundred and fifty jobs, plus to construct it, which is wonderful, and this is about jobs going forward - whether it's business to travelers, recruiting more businesses to the area," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D) Michigan.
Nagel believes the natural light and the colors make this building stand out. Many are calling this building a true beauty.
"It's what we've needed. Easy to get to the car companies if you need it or going out to the car in the parking lot. I think it's really tremendous for our county," Mallak said.
The terminal was scheduled to open next year, but it opened earlier because the project moved along faster than planned.
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