Washington, D.C. -- The Falls International Airport has been granted over two million dollars for infrastructure improvements.

The funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation after Representative Rick Nolan and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken pushed for funds for the airport.

Senator Klobuchar said it was essential the airport received funds in order to meet the demands of the region.

According to Klobuchar, the airport will use the funds to begin the first phase of a major renovation project, which will include a revamp of the existing terminal, which was built in the 1970's.

The project will also include construction of a jetway to move passengers from the terminal to the aircraft without going outside, as well as an expansion of the terminal building and rehabilitation of the runway and taxiway.