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Aviation Statistics

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission (NDAC) compiles an assortment of aviation related statistics to help identify statewide trends and levels of activity.  See below for a variety of graphs and maps. 



Map showing the non-stop destinations available at the 8 North Dakota Commercial Airports (October 2020)


Map showing the most popular destinations of North Dakota airline passengers. (Calendar Year 2018)


Airline Reports

The NDAC receives the monthly airline boarding reports from the eight commercial service airports in the state.  Data from calendar year 2011 - 2020 can be found HERE.  Contact the Aeronautics Commission office if data is needed for any years outside of that range.  Below you will find multiple charts which show the level of activity that exists from passenger boardings or “enplanements” historically at these airports.

North Dakota - Historical Airline Boardings

Graph showing the total level of passenger enplanements from all eight of the commercial service airports in North Dakota.  572,093 passengers boarded a commercial airline flight within North Dakota in 2020 which is a 52% decrease from the passenger numbers in 2019.  This decrease is directly attributed to impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



The state of North Dakota also contracts with a professional aviation consultant firm to provide the state with updated reports on airline activity throughout the state.  You may download the reports below.











Aviation Fuel

Another level of activity that the NDAC tracks is the amount of taxable aviation fuel sold throughout the state of North Dakota.  The below graph shows the annual amount of taxable gallons of both Jet A and 100LL fuel sold in the state in each state fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th). In the most recent fiscal year (July 2019 - June 2020), the state saw 1.6 million gallons of 100LL and 20.3 million gallons of Jet A fuel sales for a total of 21.9 million gallons of taxable gallons of aviation fuel sold.


Aircraft Registrations


The amount of aircraft registered in the state of North Dakota has grown over the last decade.  Approximately 2,163 aircraft are currently based within the state.


Pilot Numbers

The amount of pilots living within the state of North Dakota has also grown over the last couple of years.  3,614 pilots were living in the state in December, 2018.

Acres Sprayed by Aerial Applicators

Our office receives annual acreage reports from all licensed aerial applicators in the state.  The state currently averages approximately 3.8 million acres of farmland that are provided services from aerial applicators on an annual  basis.  In 2020, there were 99 licensed Aerial Applicator businesses in the state.