Saturday, September 17, 2016

North Dakota airline boardings on pace for 13 percent drop

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Airline passenger numbers in North Dakota are on pace for about a 13 percent drop this year.

State Aeronautics Commission data show that boardings at the eight commercial service airports in August were down about 11 percent from the previous year. The biggest declines were 56 percent in Dickinson and 28 percent in Williston, two cities in the state’s oil patch.

The Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot airports also saw drops in boardings, while Bismarck, Devils Lake and Jamestown had increases.

A total of 695,420 passengers have flown commercially from the eight cities this year, compared to 803,461 through August last year.


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