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2020 Airport of the Year

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, in partnership with the Airport Association of North Dakota, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Airport of the Year Awards. • 2020 Commercial Service Airport of the Year: Fargo’s Hector International Airport • 2020 General Aviation Airport of the Year: Hettinger’s JB Lindquist Regional Airport The awards were announced on Tuesday, March 9th as part of the annual FLY-ND Conference which was held virtually this year. Please see the attached press releases for full details regarding each airport’s remarkable accomplishments.

Posted 3/11/21 (Thu) read more »

William A. Beeks to be inducted into North Dakota’s Aviation Hall of Fame

The North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame committee announces that William A. (Bill) Beeks has been selected for induction into the state’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Bill will join the prestigious aviation hall of fame group that currently includes 45 other individuals who have all had a significant impact to the growth, development, and promotion of aviation in North Dakota. For more information on the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame, visit

Posted 2/03/21 (Wed) read more »

52% decline in ND Airline Passengers in 2020

North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports finished calendar year 2020 with a statewide total of 572,093 airline passenger boardings. This is a decrease of 619,476 passengers or an 52% decrease from 2019 and is the lowest passenger count that the state has recorded since calendar year 2003.

Posted 1/15/21 (Fri) read more »

September 2020 Airline Boarding

North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports posted a total of 39,451 passenger boardings during the month of September. This amounts to a 44% retention rate of the passengers that the state experienced during the same month last year and is the highest monthly retention rate that the North Dakota has experienced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this is also the first month since April that the state has experienced a lower passenger volume than the previous month as there were 4,000 fewer passengers in September than in August.

Posted 10/15/20 (Thu) read more »