ND airline boardings top $1 million

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s eight commercial airports finished 2012 with a record 1.02 million passenger boardings.

State Aeronautics Commissioner Larry Taborsky says demand for airline travel was strong across the state.

Fargo had the most passengers during the year, with just under 365,000. That was up from about 350,000 in 2011. Minot had the biggest percentage increase in boardings over the year, of 49%.

Airports in the oil patch cities of Dickinson and Williston also had big jumps, of 26% and 35%, respectively.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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