Friday, April 11, 2014

Hector International (KFAR), Fargo, North Dakota: Airport sees record numbers, new hangars

Fargo -- March was the busiest month in history for Hector International Airport.

According to airport statistics, a total of 89,100 passengers boarded or got off a plane at Hector last month, making it the busiest month ever at the airport. March marked the 18th time in the last 19 months that a new monthly record for traffic was set at the airport.

In other airport developments, the Airport Authority has given preliminary approval to a hangar project being pursued by JP Development, parent company of the Jet Center.

Preliminary approval was also given to a hangar project proposed by Dakota Air Parts.

The new Jet Center hangar requires an apron expansion the Airport Authority would construct at an estimated cost of $885,000. The authority is applying for a state grant that could cover half of that cost, said Shawn Dobberstein, Airport Authority executive director.

The Jet Center project also anticipates a parking lot expansion of 15 to 20 parking spaces.

In addition to the Jet Center work, Dobberstein said another business, Dakota Air Parts, is looking to add one or two new hangars to its existing hangar complex.

The Airport Authority is looking for feedback from public to help it decide how much parking space should be built and when. An online survey can be found at