Hoeven: Dickinson Airport’s Newly Expanded Runway Essential for Supporting Community’s Economic Growth

Senator Secured $50 Million in Federal Resources for Runway Project

DICKINSON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today helped dedicate the newly expanded runway at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport, highlighting the importance of the larger runway in growing the local economy and supporting the safe and efficient travel of both passengers and cargo. As a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured nearly $50 million in federal funding for the runway reconstruction and extension project, which added 900 feet to the runway length, making it 7,300 feet long. In total, the airport received approximately a total of $67.8 million in federal, state and local funding for the project.

“The newly expanded runway enables the airport to accommodate the aircraft necessary to meet the needs of the community, and is vital in supporting the larger aircrafts necessary to move both passengers and cargo safely and efficiently. We secured $50 million to advance this project to help meet the needs of the community now and into the future,” said Hoeven.

Hoeven has also worked to ensure commercial service at the airport, and last year announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) selected United Airlines for an EAS contract serving the Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport. Under the contract, United is providing 12 nonstop round trips per week to Denver through September 30, 2024.

Additionally, Hoeven is working to advance the airport’s Terminal Development Project to help accommodate increasing demands on the airport. At a meeting with local leaders last year, Hoeven helped kick off the project, which will develop an approximately 20,000 sq. ft. terminal. The nearly $55 million project is expected to require more than $35 million in federal funds, which Hoeven will work to secure through his role on the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, with the remaining funds coming from the City of Dickinson, Stark County and the State of North Dakota. Between 2021-2022, boarding at Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Airport increased by over 23%, from approximately 17,500 in 2021 to 21,600 in 2022.