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Bismarck Airport planning for more parking, possible terminal expansion

The Bismarck Airport will be looking at some improvement projects in mind for 2020 and beyond.

Topping the “to do” list: parking. The airport has set records for passenger boarding for the past 10 years.

"We have to kind of work to find places to park all the cars," said Airport manager Greg Haug.

Haug said he believes this past Christmas season saw a record number of cars being parked at the airport. And he said with the growing passenger traffic, parking is a big issue.

"With that in mind, we are planning an expansion of the short-term parking, a small expansion to long-term, and another expansion to the economy lot," Haug said. "It'll add about 250 more parking spaces."

Haug said this summer, the airport will gear up for a "terminal area study."

"It's about time for us to start thinking about expanding our terminal," Haug said. "When we hit some of these peaks, it gets pretty darn full in the building."

Haug said the gates are full at times as well.

"We're getting to a point where we need some more gates, as well as boarding area space," Haug said.

Haug said that study will take a few years to complete.

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