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Forum staff reports, Published February 18 2013

Hector Airport in Fargo remains open; some flights delayed or canceled

FARGO – Through the blustery weather, Hector International Airport remains open today, although some flights have been delayed or called off.

At 11:30 p.m., several departures from Fargo were either canceled or delayed, according to flight information at www.fargoairport.com.

Despite the weather, Hector remains “open and ready” for business, Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein said just before noon. When it comes to flight cancellations, Dobberstein said it’s up to the airlines to make the call, and it’s all about visibility.

“They need a half mile to land and a quarter mile to take off,” he said, speaking of commercial carriers.

Visibility in Fargo was a quarter mile just before noon, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. That improved to about half a mile visibility by 3 p.m.

Dobberstein said he expected visibility to improve throughout today, but he advised customers to call the airline itself, not the airport, to get the most updated information about flight cancellations.

Whiteout conditions and traffic accidents earlier in the day caused the city to close 19th Avenue North from Dakota Drive to 18th Street. That stretch of road will likely remain closed into the night, the city said in a news release, but Dakota Drive, the airport’s entrance road, remains open.

Dobberstein said drivers can still reach the airport by taking 19th Avenue from Interstate 29, or by driving north on Eighth Avenue North, which turns into Dakota Drive.

For updated flight information, he recommended visiting the airline’s actual website, and not relying on www.fargoairport.com, as there can sometimes be an information lag to Hector’s website.

If flights are canceled, Dobberstein said the easiest way to rebook a ticket is too call the airline directly.