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UPS Announces Fargo Jet Service

On July 26, UPS announced it will begin twice-daily flights of a 757 cargo jet between Hector International Airport and the company’s main air hub in Louisville, Kentucky, beginning Nov. 5. Nine turboprop aircraft will also be based in Fargo to provide service to central and western North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

Under the agreement, UPS will lease operating space in an approximately 13,000-square-foot hangar located in the south general aviation area and approximately 2,000 square feet of office and training space in the east terminal building for an initial period of 3 years.

UPS expects to employ approximately 70 people at its Fargo facility. The access to jet service will also extend daily hours of service for UPS customers in the Fargo area by an estimated three hours.

Q3 2018 Statistics

Passenger enplanements for the third quarter of 2018 continued to trend higher than the same time period in 2017, a pattern which has been maintained throughout the year to date.

July passenger enplanements were up nearly 10 percent over the same month in 2017. The total passenger count for July was 77,564 – a 10 percent increase over July 2017. A total of 623 air carrier flights departed from the airport in July, with an average of 2,502 total daily passengers.

Enplanements also increased in August over the previous year, up 11.1 percent to 35,955. There were 592 air carrier departures in August, with an average of 2,310 total daily passengers. American Airlines enplanements increased an impressive 24 percent compared to August 2017. The total passenger count for August 2018 was 71,623, more than 10 percent higher than in August last year.

September’s passenger traffic totaled 59,250, an 8.8 percent increase over September 2017.  There were 504 air carrier departures in September, with an average of 1,988 total daily passengers. A total of 29,825 passenger enplanements occurred in September, an increase of 7.8 percent over September 2017.

Airport Events

ARTWorks at the Airport debuted on Sept. 25. Created through a partnership between the Municipal Airport Authority and The Arts Partnership, the program is a yearlong art exhibit which will be displayed in the baggage claim area. Every four months, TAP will install works by regional artists to be enjoyed by all who visit the airport. Artwork is available for sale by each artist.

Nearly 29,000 people attended the 13th Fargo AirSho July 28-29 at Hector. This year’s event generated more than $100,000 to be contributed to area non-profits, thanks in part to numerous sponsors and more than 400 volunteers who helped plan and staff the event. The Fargo AirSho has contributed a total of more than $600,000 to local non-profit organizations since its inaugural event.

To cap the 2018 event, the Fargo AirSho announced the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform July 20-21, 2019. This will be the first time the Thunderbirds have flown in Fargo since 1989.


Municipal Airport Authority executive director Shawn Dobberstein was elected First Vice President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives during its 50th annual conference and business meeting July 26-29 in Alexandria, Minnesota. The Great Lakes Chapter includes more than 400 airport administrators and representatives of service and professional firms serving airports in 12 Midwest states as well as Manitoba and Ontario. In August, Hector International Airport was awarded a grant just under $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will reimburse 90 percent of the airport’s costs for a cargo apron expansion project completed in 2017. Remaining funds received will be used for pavement rehabilitation and street light upgrade on Dakota Drive.

Spotlight on Weather Modification Inc.

Weather Modification Inc. is a global atmospheric sciences company which provides a range of services including cloud-seeding, weather forecasting, environmental monitoring and atmospheric assessments and evaluation. Based at Hector International Airport, the company maintains a fleet of more than 35 twin-engine aircraft and provides services for private and public clients in nearly 20 countries.

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