North Dakota airports see historically low passenger numbers

North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports during April had their lowest monthly passenger count since record keeping began 40 years ago, the state Aeronautics Commission reported Thursday.

About 5,000 passengers — or 5% of the normal expected traffic — flew out of North Dakota’s airports during the month. The commission attributed the drop to the coronavirus pandemic.

Historically low passenger levels are expected to continue in the near future as long as mitigation efforts for COVID-19 are in place, though airline passenger levels in North Dakota and the rest of the country have begun to slowly rise this month as communities begin to reopen, the commission said.