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Associated Press, Published May 27 2013

Airline boardings continue to increase in ND

BISMARCK — The airports in Williston, Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks all had their highest April boardings on record this year.

The state Aeronautics Commission says boardings at the state's eight large airports were up nearly 5.5 percent overall from April 2012. Williston had the biggest increase, with a rise of more than 162 percent.

Williston is in the heart of the booming western oil patch. Aeronautics Commissioner Larry Taborsky says an increase in airline service in North Dakota is another reason for the jump in boardings.

Boardings at the eight airports through the first four months of the year are up more than 10 percent from last year, and Taborsky says he expects the increases to continue.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.