Delta to offer service from Twin Cities to North Dakota oil patch

North Dakota's oil boom is fueling demand for more air travel. Delta Air Lines is adding two nonstop daily flights between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Williston, N.D., starting in November, the Fargo Forum reports.
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North Dakota's oil boom is fueling demand for more air travel. Delta Air Lines is adding two nonstop daily flights between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Williston, N.D., starting in November, the Fargo Forum reports.

The Atlanta-based carrier is also exploring buying crude oil from western North Dakota to supply its recently acquired refinery in Pennsylvania to produce the jet fuel.

Airport boardings have soared in North Dakota, especially near the oil rich fields.

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