Airline passenger levels in North Dakota and throughout the rest of the country continue their slow recovery from the historically low passenger numbers that were seen at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year.
North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports during the month of July posted a total of 39,660 passengers boardings. This is higher than the statewide passenger volume that was seen in each of the last three months; however, it amounts to 36% of the passenger levels that North Dakota experienced during the same month last year.
“North Dakota’s commercial service airports have now seen three consecutive months of increases in passenger levels, available seats, load factors, and number of airline flights.” stated Kyle Wanner, Executive Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. “Though the trend since the beginning of the pandemic has been positive thus far, we still have a long way to go to reach pre-pandemic passenger numbers and air service levels. I commend our airports and their employees on their resilience and all of their hard work to ensure that air travel is currently available and as safe as possible for the traveling public.”