North Dakota airports saw an increase in demand for air travel in May, continuing their steady recovery from the pandemic, according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. Demand was about 30% below pre-pandemic numbers.
The industry attributed the recent passenger growth to a recovery in leisure travel that has been taking place due to warmer weather and the release of pent-up demand.
The state’s eight commercial service airports registered 69,285 airline passenger departures in May.
Minot airport registered 11,046 shipments in May, compared to 1,966 in 2020 and 13,122 in 2019. Cumulative shipments at Minot total 42,503, up from 36,824 shipments in the same period in 2020, but down from 65,489 shipments in 2019.
However, shipments to Dickinson and Williston have been delayed since the pandemic. Shipments so far in 2021 are behind 2020 at 17.4% in Dickinson and 39% in Williston.