Williston, ND (KEYZ) Passenger boarding’s for almost all North Dakota airports are down according to the latest stats from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, reporting that of the eight commercial airports in the state, only two saw increases…those two, Williston and Dickinson. Airport Director Anthony Dudas tells News Radio this is in direct correlation with the upturn in Oil activity.
“We are seeing strong numbers at the Williston Airport supported by our local economy here and the regional economic outlook. We’re hoping to continue that moving forward and we’ll be working to see if we can get additional flights in next spring, possibly if these numbers continue through the winter,” says Dudas.
Dudas says when Williston bucks a trend like this, it only goes further to justify construction of the new and larger Williston Airport outside of town, as the economic shift of things in the state continue to work its way to the North west.
“Yes, and definitely we are hoping to continue that trend, it’s obviously very heavily dependent upon the energy and agricultural industries out here. We just need to keep on moving forward; we have this very exciting project that’s being constructed that will help us continued,” he tells News Radio.
Dudas adds that the weather has delayed this season’s completion date for the footings for the new terminal, but workers are back out at the site and he’s optimistic, all the preparations to start work on the terminal and runways will begin in spring as scheduled.