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North Dakota Airline Passenger Boardings up 31% in First Half of 2022

North Dakota’s air travel demand during the summer months remains strong as our residents and visitors take advantage of the state’s air service opportunities. During the first half of calendar year 2022, North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports provided a total of 497,322 passenger boardings. This is a growth of 118,498 passengers or a 31% increase when comparing the statewide passenger counts to the first six months of 2021.

Posted 7/20/22 (Wed) read more »

Public Notice of North Dakota Aeronautics Commission and NPIAS General Aviation Airports DBE Goal for Fiscal Years 2023-2025

Goal-setting for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) with capabilities in the transportation industry is required by 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26. The following goal is applicable for the 2023-2025 federal fiscal years (October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2025).

Posted 7/15/22 (Fri) read more »

$8.5 Million Awarded for Airport Infrastructure Grants

On June 16th, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission met and finalized approximately $8.5 million in state infrastructure grant allocations to multiple public airports throughout North Dakota. These state grants are critical in maintaining the needed infrastructure to support the aviation industry, which is major contributor to the state’s overall economy and standard of living.

Posted 6/16/22 (Thu) read more »

Workforce Challenges and Inflationary Pressures Create Headwinds for Sustained Passenger Growth

The commercial service airports throughout the state have been reporting that overall airline load factors have been high and that conversations with airline partners requesting additional flights and seat capacity has been ongoing. A high load factor indicates that an airline has sold most of its available seats and is an indicator of strong demand. The available seats and flights available to the traveling public throughout North Dakota is currently still lower than pre-pandemic levels as airlines continue to communicate difficulties in adding capacity into the system due to workforce challenges. In order to once again see sustainable growth above pre-pandemic levels, additional flights and/or larger aircraft with additional seats will need to be added into the state’s system.

Posted 6/16/22 (Thu) read more »