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Gigantic July jump for North Dakota airports


July was another record-setting month for four North Dakota airports. The Associated Press reports that they set a new bar for the number of passenger boardings in July.

The state Aeronautics Commission says the airport in Dickinson experienced an 84 percent jump over July of 2012 and Williston's airport in the western oil patch saw an astonishing 220 percent boost from the previous year.

The Fargo and Grand Forks airports both had their best July on record, recording double-digit increases in boardings. Fargo's went up 14 percent while Grand Forks experienced a 17 percent. Aeronautics Commissioner Larry Taborsky said the number of passengers flying from North Dakota airports has doubled in the past decade.

The Street reported that the eight airports in North Dakota are bucking a national trend. The airports are showing strong growth patterns while the overall domestic airline capacity has shrunk by 8% since 2007. The report suggests that North Dakota's air boom is a direct reflection of the state's strong economy.

Last month, Delta announced it would begin Saturday service between Fargo's Hector International Airport and Atlanta starting in December.

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