CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A new terminal at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is now open.

City leaders held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the addition Thursday morning.

The general aviation terminal and hangar cost $5 million.

Leaders say it's money well spent, because for people flying into Chattanooga it's their first impression of the Scenic City.

 "Now, I would have to say, we're in the big leagues," said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. "We're where we always needed to be. We are a great and growing community and this reflects well on, not just our corporate offerings, but our community in general."

Bob Wilson, president of Memphis-based Wilson Air Center, will run the facility.

Its first tenant is Chattanooga businessman Jim Berry, who heads Republic Parking Systems.