Hector International Airport looking to add four new gates, additional concessions, following public input meetings

Courtesy: Hector International Airport Facebook Page
Courtesy: Hector International Airport Facebook Page

(Fargo, ND) -- Hector International Airport is in the beginning phases of expanding their facilities. 

Fargo Municipal Airport Authority Director Shawn Dobberstein joined WDAY Midday to speak on the conclusions of a terminal area study, with two different public input opportunities and the financial analysis of the project. Dobberstein says the airport is looking to create four new gates with new boarding bridges as well. They are also seeking to include additional concessions, restrooms, pet relief areas, lactation rooms, and possible business travel areas. 

"It's a 123-million-dollar project, that's the current estimate, "said Dobberstein, "We hope to receive a significant amount of federal funds. Some of the federal funds we will apply for is competitive...We will also look for some state funds as well. We will be borrowing some funds from The Bank of North Dakota."

Dobberstein says the public input sessions revealed a priority on additional concession stands and gift shops beyond the checkpoints. He says roughly 70% of their total sales of food happen prior to their security checkpoint, and hopes to introduce more options beyond the security checkpoints.

The expansion project is expected to begin construction in Spring of 2024. 

Original Air Date: 
Monday, October 3, 2022