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Passenger traffic is rising at the Grand Forks Airport, but it’s still a far cry from normal levels.

The G-F-K saw 3,179 passengers in August. That’s up 924 from July… but it’s also a drop of 6,538 (or 67 percent) from August of 2019.

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission says 43,559 people boarded airplanes in August, at the state’s eight commercial airports. That’s a jump of nearly 3,900 from July… but a decrease of 57 percent from year-ago levels.

Commission director Kyle Wanner says since COVID-19 virtually shut down air travel in March, the state has seen passenger numbers grow. Wanner says it’s good to see demand returning.

“These are encouraging numbers that we’re seeing and the fact that North Dakota is recovering at a faster rate than the national average is a good sign as well,” he said.

Wanner says there are some positive aspects to the situation, noting that “the prices are right” for air travel right now.

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August 2020 boardings

Bismarck 10,883

Fargo 18,793

Grand Forks 3,179

Minot 7,611

Devils Lake 390

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