Construction on New Airport for Bowman County - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Construction on New Airport for Bowman County

Bowman, ND -

There are more people traveling by air into North Dakota, not only into the larger airports -- but also into small communities.

The demand is one reason a new airport is being built in Bowman County.

Larger planes have a difficult time taking off with full fuel at the current airport because the runway is short.

The current site does not have room to expand.

The new airport is under construction and is four miles east of Bowman.

Dirt work on the $15 million project finished a couple weeks ago, the next step is for surfacing and electrical work.

The new airport is expected to be complete in 2015.

"It's always exciting to have new airport and new capacity to handle air traffic. We hope it will add to our community. Hope it expands business opportunities for our community," says Bob Morland with the Bowman County Airport Authority.

Bob Morland says their air traffic consists of oil companies, business travelers, hunters, plus there is an increase in interest from local pilots.

The latest numbers from 2011, show there were 5,000 take offs or landings during the year.

"That's been a big positive in our community. We have a lot of interest in flying. We have had more new students. Six new private pilots in last two years. Who knows maybe new airport is part of that," says Morland.

Kyle Wanner with the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission says there has been no other project like this in North Dakota in decades.

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