Expansion plans unveiled for Hector International Airport

By on June 29, 2022 0

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – A study was recently completed for an expansion at Hector International Airport in Fargo. The goal is to add four additional gates for a total of nine gates at the airport.

The results of the study were presented to the Airport Authority on June 28. The expansion is proposed on the east side of the airport.

The study revealed that baggage claim and car rental areas are undersized, pre-security restrooms are not visible to passengers, baggage screening and outbound baggage areas do not meet demand, ticket waiting area and ticket counter space become stressed during peak hours. Sometimes the security screening area is inefficient in terms of size and location, boarding lounges are not large enough, and post-security restrooms can become overcrowded.

Some of the ideas under consideration include moving concessions to the post-security area to increase revenue, adding more queuing space at the security checkpoint, increasing the size of the ticketing area, increasing efficiency in the baggage area and providing more space for passenger lounges, sensory rooms and cloakroom.

Three concepts were presented to the Airport Authority, the price of which ranged from 113 to 119 million dollars. Officials say 90% of the project would likely qualify for federal funding and 10% of the project would be funded locally, with 5% hopefully coming from the state of North Dakota.

The group says Hector International Airport needs to “sell” our region to airlines, to keep pace with the airline industry.

“Right now the size of the terminal is hurting our ability to grow because they’ve come here and they’ve seen it firsthand, whether it’s Sun Country or others, the limitations we have right now for get counter space, hold space for the size of aircraft they want to operate in the market.

The airport authority says it is important to have the infrastructure in place to adapt to changing trends in the airline industry, which show fewer small regional airports and airlines looking to fly bigger planes to accommodate more passengers.

You can watch the full Airport Authority meeting HERE.

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