N.D. airline travel up, Minot down

BISMARCK Airline travel in North Dakota is up over 10 percent from last year’s record-breaking numbers. Williston currently leads the state in growth, boarding two and half times the number of passengers compared to April 2012. Williston, Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks airports all had their highest April boardings on record.

Minot boardings were down 8 percent from the April 2012 record. Airport manager Andrew Solsvig said 12 canceled flights in April due to winter storms or fog cut into passenger numbers. There also has been some traffic shift to the Williston airport with the increased airline offerings there, he said.

Dickinson was down 38 percent from last year’s record, although still ahead of previous years. United and Delta Airlines are scheduled to start servicing Dickinson in June.

Bismarck, Dickinson, Williston, and Minot are all served by four airlines, and Fargo has five airlines. North Dakotans can now fly directly to Minneapolis, Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Los Angeles.