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Fargo Award PictureFargo’s Hector International Airport has received the “2014 Commercial Service Airport of the Year” award. The award was presented March 3rd, 2015 at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Fargo. The award is sponsored by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission in partnership with the Airport Association of North Dakota. This award is for excellence in maintaining safety, project management, and community awareness.

Presenting the award was Matthew Remynse, President of the Airport Association of North Dakota and Kyle Wanner, Director of North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Accepting the award for Fargo’s Hector International Airport was the Assistant Director, Darren Anderson.

Accomplishments for 2014 include 

Fargo’s Hector International Airport posted an incredible increase in airline passenger numbers in 2014. Almost 450,000 passengers boarded a flight at this airport which was a 13% increase above the previous record in 2013. The airport also achieved an 86% load factor on its commercial service flights.

This past year, the airport took over firefighting duties from the North Dakota Air National Guard with a highly trained fire crew of ten members. This change necessitated the airport to purchase two state-ofthe-art airport rescue firefighting trucks worth a total of $1.8 million dollars.  Due to the growing needs of the airport and community, the airport began the process of updating their 2002 Master Plan which will help decision makers understand the projected needs of the airport over the next 20 years.

In 2014, the airport received a $4.7 million dollar grant from the FAA to build a new taxiway which will provide an alternate route for aircraft to enter and exit the passenger terminal apron.  This project is required so that the airport may reconstruct the main taxiway in future years without disrupting air service for the community.  Additionally, many new privately-funded hangars have been constructed on the airport, including a new hangar for the Fargo Jet Center and the new Beck-Odegaard Wing hangar at the Fargo Air Museum.  The airport also spent many hours preparing to host the 2015 Fargo Airshow which will take place next July.

Fargo’s Hector International Airport is congratulated for a tremendous year of accomplishments.

Article courtesy of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.