August, 2023 Airline Boarding Update
Posted 9/18/23 (Mon)
(Bismarck, ND) The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission (NDAC) has released the monthly report that provides information relating to the airline passenger traffic at the eight commercial service airports within the state.
Commercial airline boarding numbers for August 2023 reached 95,416 passengers, which represents a growth of 10,249 boardings or a 12% increase from August of 2022. All eight of the commercial service airports also had higher passenger numbers than during this same period last year.
North Dakota’s air travel demand during the summer months has remained strong and the average aircraft load factor for the month of August was estimated at approximately 83%. Flight departures continue to show a high level of reliability with cancellation rates for flights departing from North Dakota at well below 1%.
Grand Forks Explanation:
A major runway intersection reconstruction project at the Grand Forks International Airport took place in August of 2022 which then resulted in 12 consecutive days with no passenger air service. This one reason for the anomaly and significant rise (65%) in passenger counts for Grand Forks during this month’s report.
August, 2023 Boarding Records:
- The Fargo Hector International Airport achieved a new monthly passenger record with 43,871 passenger boardings. The previous record for the airport for month of August was set in 2019 with 39,083 passengers.
- The Devils Lake Airport also achieved a new monthly passenger record with 681 passenger boardings. The previous record for the airport for month of August was set in 2019 with 657 passengers.