Once the work on the main runway and several sections of adjacent taxiway is complete in August, it will mark the end of a yearslong effort to reconstruct the 60-year-old 10,200-foot runway. Upgrades include new concrete pavement, electrical circuitry and lighting.

In August 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Duluth International Airport a grant of more than $8.6 million for infrastructure improvements.