- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The state’s Aeronautics Commission has kicked off a study that will look into the economic impact of 89 airports in North Dakota.

The commission says the purpose of the study is to show how the airports contribute to the economic growth of the state. Many airports have seen unprecedented growth in operations since the state’s economy picked up as a result of the boom in the oil patch.

Passengers traveling on a commercial airline or on general aviation aircraft in the next few months will be able to answer surveys that will be used in the study.

A grant from the Federal Aviation Administration is partially funding the study. A final report is expected at the end of the upcoming summer.

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