Jamestown Regional Airport surpasses 11,300 passenger boardings

Jamestown Regional Airport offers direct flights to Denver on United Airlines, which is operated by SkyWest Airlines.

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The Jamestown Regional Airport surpassed over 11,300 paid passenger boardings in 2021. The airport now qualifies to receive $1 million in entitlement funds from the federal Airport Improvement Program. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun file photo
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Jamestown Regional Airport has surpassed over 11,300 paid passenger boardings for this year and will qualify for $1 million in entitlement funds from the federal Airport Improvement Program.

“This will be our third-highest boarding year, which given the fact that the beginning of 2021 still highly impacted boardings from the pandemic reductions, that’s a really good sign,” said Katie Hemmer, Jamestown Regional Airport director.

The airport had 993 paid passenger boardings in November – the second-highest November ever – and 1,379 in December to put the total for the year at 11,308.

The airport offers direct flights to Denver on United Airlines, which is operated by SkyWest Airlines.

Hemmer said the airport was still seeing impacts from the coronavirus pandemic from May 2020 to about May 2021 but started to see a full recovery in July and August. The airport had only 5,655 paid passenger boardings in 2020.


“There were a lot of things that impacted 2020,” she said. “Thus far, there hasn’t been any repercussions from dropping below that during that pandemic in 2020.”

Having a good airport is one of the top 10 items on a site selector’s list when determining whether or not a business should look at locating a project to a community, said Connie Ova, CEO of Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp.

“It is vitally important to be able to have an airport like the one we have here in Jamestown that connects us to the world,” she said. "… It is very important to them to do business, to travel, to bring people to the area so they can market their product to other professionals and corporations that are interested in what they do and looking to see what their product is.”

Hemmer said the design will be done in 2022 for updating the airfield lighting, rewiring electrical wires, utilizing electrical conduit and overlaying and maintenance of the runway. She said construction on those projects will not happen until 2023 or 2024.

“We want to be conscious of that with our funding, but then we also need to be conscious of timing logistically,” she said. “When you work on an airfield you can affect your flights. We want to create a project that disrupts as few flights as possible.”

In 2022, a few minor updates will be done in the airport. Hemmer said the entire passenger terminal will be repainted and get new carpet.

She said landscaping will be done in front of the passenger terminal to offer a little more “aesthetically pleasing environment.” The airport will also launch its new website in 2022.

“They are working on it (new website) now, kind of freshening that up and offering a very easy way for the traveling public and private pilots to access information about Jamestown airport,” she said.


Hemmer said the airport also wants to continue offering its great regional commercial service and grow and maintain the number of passenger boardings.

“I just want to thank everyone for choosing Jamestown and helping to meet that 10,000 passenger boarding benchmark,” she said. “We hope they continue to use the great service that is offered here in Jamestown.”

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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