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Frontier Airlines and American Airlines announce non-stop service from Fargo to Phoenix

In July, Frontier Airlines and American Airlines announced new, non-stop service from Fargo to Phoenix Sky Harbor, allowing passengers easier access to the warm Phoenix weather during the winter months. The new flight options offer an affordable way to travel with the convenience of flying into the airport closest to vibrant downtown Phoenix. Both of the airline’s services are seasonal. Phoenix Sky Harbor is a major hub for American Airlines with over 300 connecting flights to over 90 destinations throughout the US and the world.


Seasonal Shuttle Service to begin

Hector International Airport’s parking services provider SP+ will be offering 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 will run from Dec. 15 to March 31. SP+ will operate the shuttle service 15 hours per day. The hours will be 7 am -2 pm and 4 pm -12 am. Last year, more than 3,100 passengers used the shuttle.


Hector sees increase in UPS air cargo transport

UPS began servicing regional North Dakota and Minnesota customers with jet service to and from Fargo’s Hector International Airport last November. They operate a variety of aircraft – Boeing 757, 767 and Airbus A300 twice a day between Fargo and UPS Worldport in Louisville, Ky. Ten smaller turboprop aircraft also are based in Fargo, providing service to central and western North Dakota and northern Minnesota. The below chart reflects the air cargo increase since 2018.

monthly air cargo


Dobberstein named Airport Professional of the Year

Shawn Dobberstein, A.A.E., was named the 2019 Airport Professional of the Year by the Great Lakes Chapter (GLC) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). He was honored for 28 years of selfless leadership and professional accomplishments to the airport industry. Along with being elected president of GLC-AAAE, Dobberstein was presented the award in the presence of more than 230 attendees at the President’s Banquet during the 51st annual conference held July 26-28 in Evansville, Indiana.


Hector begins second year of ArtWORKS program

A new series of art has been installed at Hector International Airport, kicking off the second year of the The Arts Partnership ArtWORKS program. The installation includes pieces from photographer Meg Spielman Peldo’s Unbroken collection, focusing on horse figures found in mythologies of nearly every culture. The Municipal Airport Authority participates in the ArtWORKS program, which is dedicated to placing art in the public realm, because the members believe that art expresses who we are as a community and shares values of creativity and thoughtfulness. All artwork is curated and displayed by The Arts Partnership, including reprints of each piece which are displayed in the departure area. Original artwork is available for sale by participating artists.


Spotlight on Dakota Air Parts International

Dakota Air Parts was established in 1994 and is celebrating 25 years of business. The company is one of the largest suppliers of helicopter spare parts and components in the world and is especially known for supporting rotor-wing aircraft, including UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra, OH-58 Kiowa, OH-6 Cayuse, UH-60 Blackhawk, and CH-47 Chinook military helicopter platforms; Bell Helicopter 206, 204/205, 212, 407, and 412; and the MD Helicopters 500 series. Dakota Air Parts also supports turbine engines, including Honeywell T53 and T55 series, Rolls-Royce M250 (T63), General Electric J85 and Pratt & Whitney PT6. In addition to supplying spares and components, Dakota Air Parts is an experienced importer/exporter and specializes in purchasing helicopters, aircraft, turbine engines, parts and inventories from around the world. For more information, go to dakotaairparts.com.


Continued Improvement for Hector International Airport

To best service its customers, Hector International Airport has the following improvement projects scheduled to begin:

  • UPS will build a new sort building starting the second quarter of 2020.
  • Cargo apron expansion to accommodate UPS.
  • Acquisition of snow removal equipment.
  • Expansion of snow removal equipment building to accommodate new equipment and provide additional space for maintenance and staff needs.
  • Planning is underway for a passenger terminal expansion study. The primary focus will be additional boarding gates along with seating for passengers and options to expand food and beverage services.



History of the Municipal Airport Authority

The Municipal Airport Authority was established on April 8, 1969, by the City of Fargo. A five-member volunteer board is appointed by the Mayor of Fargo to serve five-year terms which can be renewed. Current Airport Authority board members include:

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

The Municipal Airport Authority board serves the public by overseeing the development of the airport to meet the aviation needs of the community and surrounding region.

The Municipal Airport Authority is a political subdivision as defined by the North Dakota Century Code and operates under NDCC 2-06. They normally meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the passenger terminal building.

Contact the MAA at email@fargoairport.com


Q3 2019 Boarding Statistics

Passenger enplanements were up for all three months of the third quarter of 2019 compared to the same months in 2018.

July saw an increase of 12.1 percent when compared to July 2018 passenger enplanements of 38,760. Total passenger count was 87,294, which is up 12.5 percent over the same period last year. There were 642 air carrier departures with an average of 77 seats per flight and an average of 2,816 total daily passengers. Both American Airlines and United Airlines broke all-time records for monthly enplanements. The previous United record dates back to July 2008.

There was a record August for enplaned and total passengers. Enplanements were 39,083, which is an increase of 8.7 percent when compared to the July 2018 passenger enplanements of 35,955. Total passenger count for the month was 77,854 which is up 8.7 percent over the same period last year. There were 647 air carrier departures with an average of 73 seats per flight in July and an average of 2,511 total daily passengers. August 2019 was the 5th consecutive month of record enplanements.

Airline passenger traffic also increased in September with 34,135 enplanements. This is an increase of 14.5 percent when compared to the September 2018 enplanements of 29,825. Total passenger count for the month was 67,905, which is up 14.6 percent over September 2018. There were 576 air carrier departures with an average of 74 seats per flight in September and an average of 2,264 total daily passengers. This was the 6th consecutive month of record enplanements.

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