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Airline boardings in ND continue to rise

North Dakota continues to see growth in air passenger traffic.

The state Aeronautics Commission reports a 9.5 percent increase in boardings for October, compared with October, 2018.

"Looking at year-to-date, through the first 10 months of the year, we're up about 10 percent statewide," said state Aeronautics Commission director Kyle Wanner. "Numbers continue to grow across North Dakota, and that's great news for the flying public in our state."

Wanner said North Dakota has great airline service. He said additional seat capacity has been added at a number of the airports.

"As our airport managers have been able to bring in additional airlines and competitors, larger aircraft are starting to come in," Wanner said. "The demand is there."

Wanner said planes are averaging 80 to 90 percent capacity – and that’s also helping to attract larger planes.

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