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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:05 am

Airline boardings in North Dakota last month hit 100,999, setting a record for February.

The state Aeronautics Commission reported the number of passengers resulted in an 8 percent increase over the year. Out of the eight largest airports in the state, Fargo, Grand Forks, Dickinson and Williston all set records.

The Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston reported 8,666 boardings, an increase of 35 percent over the year.

Dickinson went up 171 percent to 3,723 while Grand Forks rose 3 percent to 12,784 and Fargo saw an uptick of 13 percent to 38,869.

Bismarck and Minot were the only two airports to report a decline in boardings.

Bismarck decreased 3 percent to 19,115 while Minot saw numbers drop about 5 percent to 17,842.

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

The February totals reflect a steady boarding rate for Williston over the years, which reported about 6,400 in 2013, 1,059 in 2010 and 532 in 2005.

As of March 17, the 2014 year-to-date total for Williston hit 16,724, an increase of 32 percent from last year. The airport had 2,178 boardings in 2010 and 945 five years before.

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