Business View Magazine | September 2022

213 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 9, ISSUE 9 Regional Airport is a crucial transportation hub for the economy of Brainerd and the surrounding area. Providing connections to both nationwide and international destinations through Delta Airlines, operated by SkyWest Airlines, the airport is poised to cater to the flight needs of a rapidly transforming Brainerd Lakes Region. “We’re coming into a unique time in Brainerd and Crow Wing County’s, Minnesota’s, and our nation’s history as a result of the pandemic,” says Wright. “Many people are moving to the Brainerd Lakes region and turning it into their home. What used to be a quaint little tourist town where people would come on the weekends to enjoy America’s favorite summertime destination is turning into a year-round place to call home.” These changes are increasing the relevance and usefulness of the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, which serves the Lakes region and offers various services for business and leisure travelers. Along with flights by Delta Airlines, the airport also supports helicopter services through Brainerd Helicopter and direct flights to Laughlin, Nevada, with stays at the Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino. “People are moving here, and jobs are growing,” says Wright. “Brainerd’s growth is increasing the demand for passenger air services and general aviation use at the airport. We are seeing quite a number of fractional or chartered business aircraft and corporate jets flying in and out of the Brainerd Airport, more so during the pandemic.” As demand grows, the airport continues to cater to a higher number of travelers and more diverse needs of customers. They are also preparing the facility for the next 50 years of operation. “BRD has been able to maximize federal funding resources offered to airports across the nation in response to the global pandemic,” explains Wright. “Using the funds, we streamlined some Large enough to give you options. Small enough to serve your needs. 218-829- 7974     www. awl ab . com 16326 A i rpor t Road , Bra i ne rd , MN 56401 INDEPENDENT, CERTIFIED WATER & WASTE WATER TESTING SINCE 1972 BRA INERD LAKES REGIONAL A I RPORT