United Airlines plans service between the
hub of western North Dakota's booming oil patch and Denver.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says three daily flights between Williston
and Denver will begin Nov. 4. The North Dakota Republican says the
aircraft will be regional jets that can hold 50 passengers.
Williston's Sloulin Field International Airport is becoming one
of the busiest in the state because of the oil activity. State
Aeronautics Commission data show that in May, boardings there were
up 47 percent over the previous year to an all-time record. The
city is considering expanding the airport or building a new one.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the new United flights will benefit
both business and leisure travelers in western North Dakota and
help boost the economy.