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Finishing touches on GFK

Workers continued Monday to put the finishing touches on the new $21 million Byron L. Dorgan Terminal at Grand Forks International Airport.

The two-year construction project is nearly complete, and an invitation-only dedication ceremony is planned Wednesday evening, with a public open house scheduled for Thursday. The new terminal will open to passenger traffic Aug. 30.

The new terminal will open with two gates, but Dame said that the airport has the ability to add additional gates in the future.

The airport has seven daily flights to and from Minneapolis on Delta. Leisure carrier Allegiant Air also offers two weekly flights to and from Las Vegas and the Phoenix area.

Airport officials have been aggressively seeking new service for the airport and recently met with prospective carriers at a conference in Cleveland. Dame wouldn

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Allegiant's website is now allowing the booking of an Orlando-Grand Forks flight, with the first scheduled for November 17th @ $95 price one way. Looks like mostly Sunday and Thursday service.

Allegiant flies into the Sanford airport, which is nearly an hour north of downtown Orlando, rather than Orlando International.

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Allegiant's website is now allowing the booking of an Orlando-Grand Forks flight, with the first scheduled for November 17th @ $95 price one way. Looks like mostly Sunday and Thursday service.

Allegiant flies into the Sanford airport, which is nearly an hour north of downtown Orlando, rather than Orlando International.

Dang. I was hoping for Los Angeles.

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With a name like Smoggy, it makes sense

I was living in Cali when I create my name. I still have family there and travel out to watch a Pac 10 game each year. Hate the state though.

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http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/business/3873279-planning-ahead-grand-forks-airport-preparing-next-20-years

That has implications for the airport's infrastructure. Allegiant Air wasn't flying out of Grand Forks when the new terminal was designed, and Delta Air Lines is now shifting to larger aircraft, Crystal said.

"So we have a lot of congestion on the apron when those aircraft are here, and it's very difficult for them to maneuver," she said

If you're telling me that Allegiant's occasional flights and Delta's CRJ-900s are creating unanticipated "congestion" that will require significant improvements at a brand new airport terminal that isn't yet 5 years old, the designers and planners should be strung up and publicly flogged on principle alone.  How is that even possible?  They had one job, with just two gates.  I'm not saying that we should be configured for A380's, but to build a terminal with an apron that gets 'congested' within 5 years with relatively small aircraft is asinine.  How are we ever going to get back to having two carriers?

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http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/business/3873279-planning-ahead-grand-forks-airport-preparing-next-20-years

If you're telling me that Allegiant's occasional flights and Delta's CRJ-900s are creating unanticipated "congestion" that will require significant improvements at a brand new airport terminal that isn't yet 5 years old, the designers and planners should be strung up and publicly flogged on principle alone.  How is that even possible?  They had one job, with just two gates.  I'm not saying that we should be configured for A380's, but to build a terminal with an apron that gets 'congested' within 5 years with relatively small aircraft is asinine.  How are we ever going to get back to having two carriers?

JLG should have been strung up day 1 with the all glass east facing windows that didn't have window coverings.  Patrick Dame should have been fired for only putting in 2 jet bridges all they did was recreate the former terminal and add a second level. 

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"Airport officials cited a declining Canadian dollar and federal subsidies for essential air service directed to regional airports in Devils Lake and Thief River Falls, Minn., as reasons for decline in Grand Forks. Devils Lake has seen more boardings in the last year since offering direct flights to Denver, and Thief River Falls had a similar boost when it started regular flights to the Twin Cities."

I believe Trumps newly proposed budget completely guts the Essential Air Service subsidies.  The federal government subsidizes the airlines by something like $250 million per year to fly out of smaller airports.  (source)

Assuming congress follows through with this specific part of the new tax proposal, direct flights out of Devil's Lake and Thief River, that the GFH article addresses, will likely go away.  I think this would help the Grand Forks airport, and coincidentally, Amtrak, which the government also over funds.  Come to think of it, he probably want's to cut Amtrak funding as well, but I haven't read anything on it yet.  Either way, let the free market work.

 

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10 hours ago, nodak651 said:

Assuming congress follows through with this specific part of the new tax proposal, direct flights out of Devil's Lake and Thief River, that the GFH article addresses, will likely go away.  I think this would help the Grand Forks airport, and coincidentally, Amtrak, which the government also over funds.  Come to think of it, he probably want's to cut Amtrak funding as well, but I haven't read anything on it yet.  Either way, let the free market work.

Amtrak apologist here. The Amtrak debate is old and tired. Most people conveniently forget how much highways and air travel are subsidized. Free markets only work on a level playing field. Political hot potatoes that they are, long-distance trains are here to stay, and I think that's a good thing.

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12 hours ago, nodak651 said:

"Airport officials cited a declining Canadian dollar and federal subsidies for essential air service directed to regional airports in Devils Lake and Thief River Falls, Minn., as reasons for decline in Grand Forks. Devils Lake has seen more boardings in the last year since offering direct flights to Denver, and Thief River Falls had a similar boost when it started regular flights to the Twin Cities."

I believe Trumps newly proposed budget completely guts the Essential Air Service subsidies.  The federal government subsidizes the airlines by something like $250 million per year to fly out of smaller airports.  (source)

Assuming congress follows through with this specific part of the new tax proposal, direct flights out of Devil's Lake and Thief River, that the GFH article addresses, will likely go away.  I think this would help the Grand Forks airport, and coincidentally, Amtrak, which the government also over funds.  Come to think of it, he probably want's to cut Amtrak funding as well, but I haven't read anything on it yet.  Either way, let the free market work.

 

I hope the Denver to Devils Lake flights don't go away. I am flying up in June for a long weekend of fishing for $265 round trip. That is tough to beat.

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