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ND airline boardings set record for February; oil patch airports see big increase during month

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — Airline boardings in North Dakota last month surpassed 100,000, setting a record for February.

The state Aeronautics Commission says 100,999 passengers boarded planes at North Dakota's eight large airports last month, up 8 percent over the year.

The airports in Dickinson, Williston, Fargo and Grand Forks all set records for the month. Williston's boardings were up 35 percent over the year and Dickinson's were up 171 percent. Both cities are in the booming western oil patch.

Great Lakes Airlines pulled out of Devils Lake and Jamestown at the end of January, but SkyWest Airlines is to begin service to those cities in June.

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