Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Oil boom fuels rise in North Dakota flights

Airlines are rushing to add service to North Dakota to haul in workers drawn by the state's oil boom.

Delta Air Lines said on Monday that it will add two round trips a day between Minneapolis and Williston, North Dakota United Airlines is set to add three round-trip flights a day between Denver and Williston in November.

Airports in Minot and Dickinson, North Dakota, are adding service, too.

North Dakota oil production has more than tripled in the last three years, and it's now the second-biggest oil-producing state, behind Texas. Air traffic has boomed, too, as oil companies fly in workers.

The Williston airport's waiting area doesn't have enough room. Managers plan to add a double-wide trailer to expand the waiting area for passengers.

Source: http://www.freep.com

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