FARGO — Hector International Airport is in the process of conducting a terminal area study to expand from five gates for planes to nine. The study is expected to be completed in September and then an approval process will follow.
“The goal would be to break ground in the Spring of 2024, probably be about a two-year project with all of the phasing that needs to be done. The disruption of the existing space, and how we accommodate passengers and airlines” said Hector executive director Shawn Dobberstein.
In August, people will be able to see what the ideas for the expansion are. The project is expected to cost $115 million.
Like many airports around the country, North Dakota's largest airport is facing challenges with flight delays as well. The increase in flight cancellations and delays are due to storms and a nationwide pilot shortage. To avoid frustration, Dobberstein encourages travelers to use airline tracker apps to check flight statuses. He says it is an issue that will be around for a while.
“Just be patient. The flight cancellations and delays, it's not going to get any better. It's probably going to get worse just as the industry struggles with the pilot situation right now” he said.
The pilot shortage has created issues traveling to the hub cities Dallas, Chicago, and Denver.