Snowstorms in April led to fewer boarding passengers for the month due to larger -than -normal plane cancellation rates, according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.
However, North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports posted 76,553 passenger boarding in April, a 23% increase from the 62,168 boarding the state experienced in April 2021.
Of the 190 scheduled departures from Minot International Airport in April, 36 were canceled, for an 18.9% cancellation rate, the highest rate in the state. The average statewide airline departure cancellation rate for the month was 9.6%. April has historically been at 1-3% coverage for a full cancellation rate, the aeronautics commission reported.
“April has been a challenging month for our airports and passengers especially in central and western North Dakota, as they have experienced an increasing number of delays and cancellations due to multiple major snowstorms.” said Kyle Wanner, executive director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. “Our airports have done an exceptional job of continuing snow removal operations to mitigate the impacts on the traveling public as much as possible. As such, we look forward to better weather conditions as we continue to summer months. ”
Minot saw 10,149 passenger boarding in April, up 11.3% from last year but down 20.4% from 2019. Year-to-date boardings increased 37% in Minot and nearly 44%. statewide from 2021.