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The terminal at Range Regional Airport in Hibbing. (2015 file / News Tribune)

Officials with the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority reported Tuesday that Range Regional Airport saw a big increase in passengers in 2017.

Flights operated by Delta/SkyWest and Sun Country Airlines drew 15,089 passengers last year — up 20 percent from 2016, and a level not seen since 1999.

Airport officials attributed the increase to several factors, including the new terminal that opened in 2015, as well as “professional airline partners providing on-time service and competitive rates.”