(Bismarck, ND)- Passenger boarding numbers for calendar year 2016 surpassed the previous record set just one year ago. 271,020 passengers boarded commercial airline flights at the Bismarck Airport this year an increase of 4.49% or 11,648 passengers. This is the 7th straight year of record passenger boardings. Passenger numbers for the month of December 2016 were down less than a 1%. This decrease is likely due to the winter weather and canceled flights the airport experienced in December.
Airport Director, Greg Haug was pleased to see the year-end numbers come in and attributes these record boardings to Bismarck’s strong economy. “It’s great to see so many people traveling. We had to scramble a bit this holiday season with the storms at the end of year but overall a great year for passenger boardings” said Haug.
Demand for air service has been on the rise for several years and the Bismarck Airport has taken notice and worked hard to stay ahead of the growth. Bismarck Airport recently completed a project with the TSA that added a third checkpoint lane in the fall of 2016. The airport also installed all new control equipment in the parking lot because the old system could not process exiting vehicles quick enough to meet customer needs. Both of these improvements speed up passenger throughput and reduced wait times. Haug said, “We will continue to upgrade our facilities to accommodate the needs of our growing customer base.” “As the demand for air travel continues to rise, the Bismarck Airport will be able to attract more air service options for its customers.”
Bismarck Airport currently has five (5) airlines providing non-stop service to seven destinations nationwide (Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Phoenix/Mesa, Orlando-Sanford and Las Vegas) with connections domestically and internationally. Go to http://www.bismarckairport.com for additional information.