Hoeven Works with Airport Officials to Plan Next Steps for Dickinson Airport Infrastructure Projects, New Terminal

Senator Worked to Secure Jet Service, Federal Funding for Projects

DICKINSON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable at Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport to outline the next steps for the city’s future infrastructure projects, including a new runway and terminal, at Dickinson’s growing airport, as well as for an update on infrastructure projects currently underway. Hoeven has been working to secure federal funding for the airport and helped to secure regional jet service to meet the region’s travel needs.

“Western North Dakota’s growth has brought tremendous benefits and tremendous needs for infrastructure, including at our airports,” Hoeven said. “Dickinson Airport continues to serve more and more travelers each year. This growth requires not only improvements to existing infrastructure, but new developments as well. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to ensure we have the federal support we need to construct a new runway and terminal for this growing airport and the community it serves.

New Airport Project

Hoeven heard from members of the Dickinson Airport Board, community leaders, and officials from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about airport needs. Officials from KLJ briefed the senator on plans for increasing Dickinson’s capacity, including reconstructing the primary runway and most taxiways and building a new, larger terminal to meet current and future needs.

Dickinson airport developments include:

  • A new runway with adequate length and weight bearing capabilities to better handle current and future aircraft.
  • A new terminal, with an apron and parking lot, designed to serve 143 passengers per hour. The existing terminal is designed to serve one aircraft at a time with a peak of 30 passengers per hour.
  • Taxiway construction, expanded general aviation apron and hangar.

Hoeven said as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he will work to secure the federal support necessary to complete the projects in a timely and efficient manner.    

Current Infrastructure Investments

Since coming to the Senate, Hoeven has helped secure jet service and federal funding for Dickinson-Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport to make infrastructure updates and investments. Most recently, the senator secured more than $1.9 million in federal funding, including $1,858,500 to expand the airport apron by nearly 10,000 square yards and an additional $84,689 to extend the runway safety area. 

Regional Jet Service

Hoeven has also worked closely with Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Dickinson leaders to expand jet service to the area, creating access to hubs both east and west. In 2013, Delta began service to Minneapolis and United began service to Denver. The senator often cited North Dakota’s robust economy in urging the airline carriers to expand service to the state’s airports.

Hoeven said North Dakota airports, including Dickinson, are seeing increasing demand for air travel and record boardings. “Expanded air service is an important part of our ongoing work to provide infrastructure and services to meet the needs of our people and our growing economy,” Hoeven said.

FAA Administrator    

In April, Hoeven hosted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Michael Huerta in western North Dakota to see firsthand the growth challenges facing the region’s airports. Hoeven pressed Huerta and the FAA to assist Dickinson and Williston airports to keep pace with the infrastructure needs in the growing region.