MINOT, N.D. - Minot International Airport saw an increase in travelers this past year.
The airport is still third in the state for boardings, behind Fargo and Bismarck, but according to reports released by the city manager, there was a 10-percent increase in November 2019 compared to the same time period in 2018.
More than 320,000 passengers flew through Minot last year. Boarding has not been this high since the end of the oil boom in 2015.
Airport Director Rick Feltner says this year’s numbers prove that the new terminal was needed.
“After the oil slump our boardings went down. We are now back to the type of boardings we saw in 2015, and I think that really validates the community's decision to go ahead and build this terminal," Feltner said.
Feltner credits the increase in travelers to airlines adding flights, as well as the resurgence of oil jobs.