Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport has seen an increase in enplanements (the number of people boarding its planes) for the past three years.
Airport Manager for the Dickinson Municipal Airport Authority, Kelly Braun, went over the numbers with members of the Airport Authority Commission during its meeting on Tuesday.
"If you go back and look through the years, 2012 was pre-boom right when things really started taking off. We're just slightly ahead of that, so it's good numbers to see ... It's a nice, sustainable growth. We're really pleased to see that. We're optimistic that trend will continue through 2020 and on," he said.
The oil boom increased enplanements in the beginning of the decade, going from just 10,354 in 2010 to an all-time high of 58,843 in 2014. That number decreased in 2015 and again in 2016. In 2017, the trend reversed and the number has continued to rise every year since. The airport ended 2019 with 23,901 enplanements.
The total of all enplanements across the state in 2019 surpassed the amount every year in the decade, except 2014. In 2019, the state saw 1,191,569 enplanements; in 2014, it saw 1,242,995.
Along with the increase in emplanements, the Dickinson airport also received more money from parking and car rentals.
In December 2019 alone, the airport took in $20,091 from credit cards and $1,493 in cash for parking, which is $3,027 more than it received total in December 2018.
In other news, Braun addressed the commission about a potential way to get money needed for its fixed-base operator hangar, including replacing two hangar doors and remodeling.
"I met with a couple of folks from the county — the road superintendent and one of the county commissioners — and we're trying to work a deal for our millings," Braun said. "When they rebuild the main runway here in 2021, the county is very interested in those asphalt millings and some of the sub-coarse gravel underneath. There’s a value for that. We think we could come up with a plan where we could sell them or basically trade out our millings for some money to do the projects that are needed to be done over at the FBO."
He said he would like to get it fixed before then, if possible.
"I’m going to reach out to the city and county both and see if they can help us out, if they can front some of the costs for some of these projects," Braun said.