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Go the distance on safety and health

Air travel is a bit different now, but passengers can still have peace of mind when they Fly Fargo. Hector International Airport welcomes you back to air travel as you feel comfortable. You’ll experience safer, cleaner and more flexible travel to and from Hector and its five airline providers.

The airport continues its stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes, especially in high-touch areas such as ticketing, security, gate areas, boarding bridges and baggage claim. Hector’s long-term, robust relationships with the airlines who serve Fargo continues to benefit passengers. All airlines have taken steps to help keep travelers safe, including:

  • Requiring face coverings at ticket counters, gates, during boarding and while onboard aircraft
  • Using a symptom checklist
  • Providing a touchless check-in
  • Readily available hand sanitizer
  • Self-scanned boarding pass
  • HEPA filters in aircraft

Check with your airline for specific requirements before your flight.

TSA Travel Requirements

To keep travelers safe and secure, TSA continues to encourage passengers to:

  • Arrive at the airport early to allow adequate time for checking bags, completing security screening and getting to the departure gate.
  • Maintain a social distance of six feet wherever possible while at checkpoints.
  • Wear a face mask throughout their travel experience. Passengers may be asked to adjust masks for ID verification.
  • Remove belts and all personal items from pockets before entering the checkpoint queue and place them in carry-on bag. (Does not apply to TSA PreCheck members.)
  • Remove food items from carry-on bags and place in bin for screening. (Does not apply to TSA PreCheck members.)

TSA Precheck event October 27-30

Air travelers in the region can enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program on Oct. 26-30, at Hector International Airport. Appointments are held in the airport conference room located on the second floor of the passenger terminal and appointments can be made in advance of this one-week event at identogo.com/precheck.

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. TSA Pre✓® travelers do not need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts.

Applicants must bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation in the form of:

  • U.S. passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license

TSA Pre✓® operates more than 450 dedicated precheck lanes at over 200 airports across the country, including Hector International Airport. The application fee is $85 for five years of service and can be paid by credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks will not be accepted. Fingerprints will be collected for a background check.

Allegiant Nashville route extends seasonal service

Allegiant Air plans to extend its direct Fargo to Nashville flight option to help meet soaring demand. Flights are now on sale and will be extended through April 2021 instead of ending in February. Hector International Airport worked with Allegiant Air to add this market to it’s direct flight options, as Nashville is a popular destination for travelers of all ages and demographics.

Flight days, times and fares are available at Allegiantair.com.

TAP Artworks Installs “Trains, Plains and No Automobiles”

The Municipal Airport Authority has been a strong supporter of The Arts Partnership’s ArtWORKS program. The members believe art expresses who we are as a community and shares values of creativity and thoughtfulness. The ArtWORKS program, dedicated to placing art in the public realm, is in its second year at Hector International Airport.

The exhibition currently installed features work by photographer and writer W. Scott Olsen, a professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. The exhibit, titled “Trains, Plains and No Automobiles”, reflects Olsen’s perspective on landscape and culture, following a 2019 trip on Amtrak around the perimeter of the continental United States. As a veteran of road-trip and airplane travel, Olsen had never spent time on long-distance passenger trains prior to his tour of the continental U.S. in the summer of 2019. Olsen discovered a new perspective about place and community when landscape and towns race by the window.

All artwork for exhibits 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 Meadowlark Logistics

Meadowlark Logistics LLC specializes in same day and scheduled services as well as on-demand transportation needs. Founded in 2014 in Fargo, ND by David Lawson, Meadowlark Logistics was developed to provide businesses with a safe and secure alternative in the delivery and transportation of their clients’ goods and services. Driven by this goal and to fulfill the needs for secure handling and transportation of confidential and time-sensitive materials, Meadowlark Logistics implemented a customized same day and scheduled delivery service. This ensured the safe, convenient and cost-effective movement of clients’ goods. With “Complete Customer Satisfaction” as the number one priority, Meadowlark Logistics strives to continually improve its contractors, equipment, facilities, and service to give customers the most cost-efficient and dependable service for time-sensitive materials. For more information, go to https://www.mdolark.com/.

Q3 2020 boarding statistics

With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hector International Airport has seen a significant decrease in passengers. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Hector International Airport, say “passenger numbers are exceeding our expectations for this time of the year.”

July 2020 was the fourth full month since the COVID-19 pandemic halted most air travel. Hector International Airport had a decrease in enplanements with 16,219, a decrease of 62.7% when compared to last July’s passenger enplanements of 43,437.

Total passenger count for the month was 32,234, which is down 63.1% over the same period last year. There were 331 air carrier departures with an average of 81 seats per flight in July and an average of 1,040 total daily passengers.

August 2020 is the fifth month since the pandemic halted almost all air travel. Hector International Airport had a decrease in enplanements with 18,793, a decrease of 47.7% when compared to last August’s passenger enplanements of 39,083.

The total passenger count for the month was 37,178, which is down 52.2% over the same period last year. There were 425 air carrier departures with an average of 81 seats per flight in May and an average of 1,199 total daily passengers.

September 2020 is the sixth month since the pandemic halted almost all air travel. Hector International Airport had a decrease in enplanements with 16,449, a decrease of 51.8% when compared to last September’s passenger enplanements of 34,135.

The total passenger count for the month was 32,509, which is down 52.12% over the same period last year. There were 407 air carrier departures with an average of 78 seats per flight in September and an average of 1,084 total daily passengers.

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