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The week that was

May 20, 2012
Minot Daily News

A BUSY PLACE Drive past the Minot International Airport nearly any time of the day and it's easy to tell the facility is busy. Just how busy? Minot was the second busiest airport in the state in April, trailing only Fargo. April's report shows that 18,366 passengers boarded in Minot, a 68.9 percent increase over April 2011. Fargo boarded 27,373 passengers in April. Dickinson saw a 74 percent growth from last April, with Williston growing by 36 percent. There's no expectation that Minot, Dickinson and Williston will slow down any time soon thanks to the booming oil industry. Williston is discussing major changes to its airport, and Minot continues to discuss building a new terminal three times the size of the current facility. Parking at the Minot facility has spread across pretty much any empty spot near the terminal, including ditches and in empty fields. A new terminal with greatly expanded parking facilities can't come soon enough for Minot airline customers.



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