Airport Numbers Soar to Record in 2012 - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Airport Numbers Soar to Record in 2012

Posted: Updated:

It was never a question of 'if' but rather, 'by how much'?

The final year end numbers for the Minot International Airport are in and they show a record year to the level nobody imagined.

More than 224-thousand people boarded flights in Minot this year smashing the high mark that was set in 2011 by about 74 thousand, a 66 percent increase.

Airport Manager Andy Solsvig said he knew the numbers would be large, in fact planning for 2012, it was thought the number would reach above 200-thousand, but not that far north of it.

(Andy Solsvig - Minot Airport Director) "Lot more than we were anticipating in fact our terminal area study forecast put us at about 201 thousand is what we had forecast, so about 10 percent more than what we had forecast."

And while it may seem like it would be more difficult to add to that record in the current facility Solsvig says he thinks it will happen.

Frontier Airlines, which started service to Denver in November, has just announced they will be flying much larger flights into Minot starting in March that adds even more seats.

Pair that with other factors like scheduling of flights, and 2013 looks to be another record breaker.

Andy Solsvig - Minot Airport Director) "Now as we look ahead to 2013 knowing what the airline schedule is thus far through spring and summer, I think we are going to stay on the same track. We anticipate the numbers flattening out, but I still think we will see and increase, possibly ten to twenty percent over 2012."

Williston also set an airport boarding record in 2012 with projections to possibly double the amount of flyers this year over last.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Girl Identified in Fatal Hit & Run

    Girl Identified in Fatal Hit & Run

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:08:43 GMT
    The identity of a 23-month-old girl killed in a hit-and-run in Minot Sunday has been released.


    Minot Police say Sophia Pepple of New Town was struck by a pickup and killed about 6:25pm Sunday.

    The identity of a 23-month-old girl killed in a hit-and-run in Minot Sunday has been released.

    Minot Police say Sophia Pepple of New Town was struck by a pickup and killed about 6:25pm Sunday.
  • Men Shot by Police Recently Released from Prison

    Men Shot by Police Recently Released from Prison

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:33:17 GMT
    Two people shot by Minot Police early Saturday morning are facing burglary and drug charges.

    In addition, both had recently been released from state prison.

    Two people shot by Minot Police early Saturday morning are facing burglary and drug charges.
    In addition, both had recently been released from state prison.
  • Minot Toddler Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver

    Minot Toddler Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:49 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:49:47 GMT
    Minot Police say this is a "vehicle of interest" in the hit-and-runMinot Police say this is a "vehicle of interest" in the hit-and-run
    A two-year-old child was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Minot Sunday evening.

    A two-year-old child was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Minot Sunday evening.

    They ask if you have any information about the incident that you contact them at 852-0111.

Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.