- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $27 million to Williston to move forward with the plan to relocate the city’s airport to accommodate its growth in passengers and flights.

North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced the award Wednesday. The move comes months after FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visited Williston to see the city’s air transportation needs.

More than 234,000 passengers walked through Sloulin Field International Airport in 2014, a sharp contrast to the 30,000 total passengers that used the facility in 2010. But the airport is restricted to flying aircraft no larger than the 50-passenger regional jets.

Williston officials are planning on a new $250 airport at a site northwest of the existing oil patch hub. Officials have already selected a company to redevelop the current airport after operations are relocated.

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