Hoeven Secures Commitment from FAA for Timely Approval of Grand Forks Airport Layout Plan, Expansion Project

WASHINGTON – During a hearing this week, Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, secured a commitment from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have the Grand Forks International Airport’s layout plan signed and approved in August.

The Grand Forks Airport is working on a three-phase, eight-year plan to expand its capacity, including: 

  • Extending a crosswind runway
  • Reconstruction of the airport’s primary runway
  • Constructing a new crosswind runway to expand capacity for UND’s flight training operations.

The FAA’s approval of the airport layout will advance the master plan to the environmental assessment and funding approval phases.  

“With the University of North Dakota’s flight school conducting training at the airport, the Grand Forks Airport is one of the 25 busiest in the nation,” said Hoeven. “Given that, the airport is working to update its master plan and to expand it capacity and infrastructure. We appreciate the FAA agreeing to sign and approve the layout in August so the airport can finalize its master plan and continue advancing this important expansion project.”

“The Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority is pleased with the progress and support on the approval of our Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan, and we look forward to making these projects a reality,” said Ryan Riesinger, Executive Director of the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority.