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North Dakota airports break record for passengers in November; up 12 percent over 2013

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota's eight commercial airports saw 103,472 passengers in November, up almost 12 percent from the same month a year ago.

North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Director Kyle Wanner said it was the first November in state history that airline boardings exceeded 100,000 passengers.

Fargo led the way with 33,583 passengers, followed by Bismarck with 21,924, Minot with 18,360, Grand Forks with 11,959, Willison with 11,298, Dickinson with 5,289, Jamestown with 656 and Devils Lake with 403.

Wanner said in a statement that several airports have "hit significant milestones so far this year, including at the western North Dakota oil boomtown of Williston where the airport has surpassed more than 100,000 passengers for the first time in its history. In Dickinson, the number of boardings at the western North Dakota airport has surpassed more than 50,000 so far this year, he said.

"The largest growth that has been occurring in relation to the actual number of passengers actually exists on the eastern side of the state," Wanner said.

Fargo's passenger numbers are up 11 percent over November last year and the city has surpassed 400,000 annual passengers for the first time in history, Wanner said.

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