Thanks to oil boom, ND airports handle record 1 million passengers

FARGO – The number of travelers boarding airplanes at North Dakota’s eight commercial airports soared to a record-breaking 1.02 million in 2012.

While Fargo’s Hector International Airport saw a record 364,727 passengers, the largest gains were reported in Minot and Williston.

Minot International Airport had 224,421 boardings, up 49 percent, and Williston’s Sloulin Field International Airport had 37,508 boardings, up 35 percent from 2011.

New carriers and added destinations fueled growth at all three airports.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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