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Projects planned for 2020

The following expansions and improvements are planned for 2020 at Hector International Airport:

  • An air cargo apron expansion to accommodate United Parcel Service (UPS) cargo operations. Estimated cost: $16.5 million.
  • An expanded equipment storage and maintenance facility. Estimated cost: $8 million.
  • Reconstruction of the car rental ready lot. Estimated cost: $500,000
  • A passenger terminal area expansion study. Estimated cost: $400,000.

Enroll in the TSA Pre✓™ Program

Frequent domestic travelers are encouraged to join the TSA Pre✓™ program, which allows for expedited passage through TSA checkpoints and fewer headaches during travel. Information can be found here.

International travelers are encouraged to enroll in the Global Entry program, which includes TSA Pre✓™ enrollment. Information on that program can be found here.

CBP Global Entry enrollment workshop to be held April 6 – 10, 2020

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will host a Global Entry workshop April 6 – 10, 2020 at the Fargo, N.D. CBP airport office, 3803 20th St. N., just east of the Fargo Jet Center.
Much like TSA Pre✓™, Global Entry allows for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States, saving time and headache. Enrollment in Global Entry includes enrollment in TSA Pre✓™.
Travelers interested in the program will first need to apply online and be conditionally approved before scheduling an appointment. Travelers are encouraged to apply by February 15, 2020. Those not conditionally approved by April 1, 2020 should contact Mary Meyer at (701) 825-5612.
More information about the Global Entry program can be found on the CBP website.

City of Fargo and MAA mediation sessions under way

As of the writing of this email, the Fargo Municipal Airport Authority was in middle of mediation sessions with the City of Fargo working toward an operational agreement. We will have further information regarding the result of these negotiations at a later date.

Municipal Airport Authority board members include:

  • Chair – Maj. Gen. Mike Haugen (Ret.)
  • Vice-Chair – Tammy Linn
  • Erik Lind
  • Virginia Clark
  • Rick Engen 

Contact the MAA a email@fargoairport.com

Fargo Jet Center Flight School recognized for flight training excellence

Fargo Jet Center Flight School was recognized in October for its high standard of accomplishment by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association.
The Flight School was awarded a spot in the 2019 Flight training Experience Awards as a Distinguished Flight School, a title given to high-scoring flight schools in AOPA’s annual Flight Training Experience survey.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as a Distinguished Flight School again this year,” says Mike Paulson, Fargo Jet Center Flight School Manager. “We’re very proud of our group and their dedication to our customers.”
“As a growing flight school, it is rewarding to see our team recognized for their teaching skills and commitment to providing superior customer satisfaction,” adds Tajae Viaene, Fargo Jet Center Assistant Chief Flight Instructor.
Information about flight training with Fargo Jet Center Flight School is available at fargojet.com/flight-school.

Q4 2019 boarding statistics

Hector International Airport continued a year of strong growth in Q4 of 2019, showing notable improvement over the prior year.

October 2019 was the 7th consecutive month of record enplanements. Passenger enplanements were 39,968, an increase of 11.5% when compared to the October 2018 passenger enplanements of 35,847.

Total passenger count for the month was 78,248, which is up 10.7% over the same period last year. There were 658 air carrier departures with an average of 77 seats per flight in October and an average of 2,524 total daily passengers.

November 2019 was the 8th consecutive month of record enplanements with 37,823, an increase of 6.0% when compared to the November 2018 passenger enplanements of 35,683. Total passenger count for the month was 73,909, which is up 5.8% over the same period last year.

There were 602 air carrier departures with an average of 82 seats per flight in November and an average of 2,464 total daily passengers. Frontier Airlines initiated non-stop twice weekly service to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in November 2019.

In 2019, Hector International Airport saw 939,720 passengers, an all-time record.

December 2019 was the ninth consecutive month of record enplanements with 46,021, an increase of 26.4% compared to December 2018. 

Total passenger count for December 2019 was 89,409, a 24.4% increase over the same period in 2018. There were 660 air carrier departures with an average of 83 seats per flight and an average of 2,892 total daily passengers. American Airlines initiated non-stop daily service to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in December 2019.

Additionally, December 2019 finished out a record year for air cargo, with 6,203 air cargo aircraft and a total landed weight of over 391 million pounds. The month of December surpassed our last record month of March 2014. In all, 2019 showed a 42% increase in air cargo operations over our last record year of 2018.

Seasonal shuttle service available through March 31, 2020

Hector International Airport’s parking services provider SP+ offers shuttle bus service for people using long-term and economy parking lots this winter. The service is provided at no cost to the Municipal Airport Authority or travelers and runs from Dec. 15 to March 31. SP+ will operate the shuttle service 15 hours per day. The hours will be 9 am – 12 am. Last year, more than 3,100 passengers used the shuttle.

ArtWORKS musical performances spread cheer

The ArtWORKS program at Hector International Airport began hosting musical performances by local artists to bring cheer to travelers during the holiday season. Performances will run weekly through January 2020. 

Spotlight on Fargo Aircraft Maintenance

Fargo Aircraft Maintenance has been providing repair, maintenance, inspections and small alterations at for aircraft owners at Hector International Airport for about 12 years. They service a variety of aircraft, both big and small.
Owner Dave Sahl has been working in aircraft maintenance for about 35 years. He went into business in Kindred in 2003 and expanded to Fargo a few years later. Fargo Aircraft Maintenance operates an 8,000-square-foot maintenance facility and is part of the Hangar 19 building, which they use for plane storage and office space.
Fargo Aircraft Maintenance can be reached at (701)428-9954.

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