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ND airline passenger boardings continue to slowly recover

North Dakota’s airports are seeing more passenger boardings, as air travel continues to slowly recover from the hit the industry took as the coronavirus pandemic began.

The state Aeronautics Commission reports 47,574 passenger boardings in the month of October. State Aeronautics Commission director Kyle Wanner said that’s 47 percent of the passengers that flew last year at this time.

Wanner said this is the highest monthly demand in airline passengers since the pandemic began last spring.

"That's obviously a good sign," Wanner said. "We'll have to see if it continues, or if it plateaus, but we're moving in the right direction."

Wanner said he thinks November and December will show even better numbers.

"Obviously, we're starting to get into the holiday travel season," Wanner said. "We knoiw a lot of people won't travel this year, but some people still will."

Wanner said the airlines are offering great ticket prices.

"We're at a 10 year low in domestic airline fares," Wanner said. "If you want to buy tickets right now at a good price, this is a good time to do that."

Wanner said airlines are also adding back flights to and from North Dakota.

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