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Frontier Returns to Fargo

Frontier Airlines returned to the Fargo market with the start of service from Hector International Airport to Denver International Airport on May 15.
The low-fare carrier is offering three weekly flights from Hector through at least February 2019. The carrier earned 3 percent of Fargo’s market share in May, and 5 percent of the market share in June.

Q2 2018 Statistics

Passenger enplanements notably increased during the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same months in 2017. April total passenger counts increased more than 10 percent over 2017.
April passenger enplanements showed an impressive increase over April 2017 – up 10.3 percent to 31,867 total enplanements. The total of 66,469 passengers passed through Hector in April, up more than 10 percent over the same month in 2017. There were 612 air carrier departures with an average of 2,216 total daily passengers. Delta Air Lines controlled 42 percent of the market share in April.

May enplanements increased 5.5 percent compared to May 2017, with a total of 32,088 enplanements. The total passenger count for the month was 64,693, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to May 2017. There were 598 departures, with an average of 2,087 total daily passengers. American Airlines’ market share was up 16 percent compared to May 2017 to 21 percent; Delta Air Lines’ market share dipped slightly to 39 percent.

In June, passenger enplanements totaled 34,897, up 6.8 percent from June 2017. There were 611 air carrier departures with an average of 2,385 total daily passengers. United Airlines showed the largest enplanement percentage increase over the same period in 2017, increasing by 28 percent.

Air cargo traffic for the second quarter of 2018 also showed an increase over the same time frame last year. There were 1,054 air cargo aircraft with a landed weight of 63,950,762 pounds, which is an increase of 2.7 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Airport Events

First responders from throughout the Fargo-Moorhead metro participated in a full-scale airport disaster exercise on June 12.
Organized by Hector International Airport’s fire department, the training also included more than 70 volunteer victims and multiple area support organizations. The exercise is conducted every three years to meet FAA requirements.

The Transportation Security Administration held a weeklong enrollment opportunity for its popular Pre✓® program July 9-13 at the airport terminal, offering area residents a convenient opportunity to sign up for the agency’s expedited screening pass.


Fargo Jet Center was named the top fixed-base operator (FBO) in the Midwest region and one of the top 5 percent of FBOs worldwide as ranked by pilots participating in the 2018 Aviation International News FBO Survey. Rankings were based on flight line services, passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities and customer service representatives. FJC leadership credited jet center staff, Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the FAA air traffic control towers for contributing to its success.

Erik Lind began serving a five-year term on the Municipal Airport Authority board on April 8. He was appointed to the board earlier this year by Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney. Erik is a commercial pilot and a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard. He joins sitting members of the board including Dr. Virginia Clark Johnson, chair; retired Maj. Gen. Mike Haugen, vice chair; Tammy Linn and Stephen Blazek.

Spotlight on Spectrum

Spectrum Aeromed is a locally owned and operated designer and manufacturer of air medical equipment for both rotor and fixed-wing aircraft. The company has grown steadily since its launch in 1991 to include a long list of international clients and a branch office in Germany. Spectrum remains headquartered in Fargo, however, with no plans to leave, noting that its 17,000-square-foot facility at Hector provides state-of-the-art functionality and easy access for on-site customer consultations.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection will open a temporary Global Entry enrollment center Aug. 21-23 at the airport terminal. The program allows enrollees expedited processing at international entry points as well as TSA Pre✓® benefits. More information is available here.

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