2017 has been a record year for Range Regional Airport.
The Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority says more than 15,000 passengers departed from the Hibbing airport last year.
That's a 20 percent increase over 2016's numbers, and a number not seen since 1999.
Officials say three factors are to thank for the increase.
They include a new terminal facility, airline partners providing on time and competitive service, and passengers recognizing the cost benefits of flying local.