- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Airline passenger numbers in North Dakota are on pace for about a 14 percent drop this year.

State Aeronautics Commission data show that boardings at the eight commercial service airports in July were down about 13 percent from the previous year. The biggest declines were 64 percent in Dickinson and 36 percent in Williston, two cities in the state’s oil patch.

The Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot airports also saw drops in boardings, while Bismarck, Devils Lake and Jamestown had increases.

A total of 609,111 passengers have flown commercially from the eight cities this year, compared to 705,880 through July last year.

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