Minot International Airport received the 2010 Commercial Airport of the Year award March 8 at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium in Minot.
The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission sponsors the award in conjunction with the Airport Association of North Dakota. The award recognizes excellence in maintaining safety, project management and community awareness. Tim Thorsen, president of the Airport Association of North Dakota, and Larry Taborsky, executive director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, presented the award, which was accepted by city manager David Waind and airport director Andrew Solsvig.
The airport's accomplishments last year included:
Larry Taborsky of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission presented the 2010 Commercial Airport of the Year Award to Minot officials David Waind and Andrew Solsvig March 8.
New United Airlines flights to Denver and Allegiant Air flights to Las Vegas, along with marketing efforts, increased airline boardings 36 percent over the previous year.
Completion of a $760,000 terminal modification project in May, adding more lobby space, relocating the security checkpoint, installing public restrooms, expanding airline ticket counter space, providing an exterior ramp for loading and unloading and building a new concession facilities in the secured area.
Development of an airport brand and marketing campaign with presentations to civic groups, support for high school and university job and career development programs and an open house and dedication events for the terminal upgrades.