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Published November 09, 2010, 03:18 PM

GF Airport Sets Passenger Record

The airport broke its record for passengers, netting 100,570 this year. That breaks the previous record set back in 1994.

"I've never won anything in my life," said Mike Gillen who won two free tickets to anywhere in the United States. Gillen was the lucky record-breaking passenger at the Grand Forks International Airport Tuesday.

The airport broke its record for passengers, netting 100,570 this year. That breaks the previous record set back in 1994.

"The public around here and not only from Grand Forks but the entire region and from Canada are responding to the new service we have here," City Council President Hal Gershman said.

With the convenience of seven daily flights and soon a new terminal, the Airport Authority hopes to keep increasing ridership. If the number of passengers keeps going up, the airport hopes to attract more airlines to our area.

"We are constantly promoting to new carriers to get additional services here in Grand Forks and we're hopeful in the future that airlines will recognize our growth that we've had in the past few years," GFK Executive Director Patrick Dame said.

Dame says the airport wanted to give back to their customers for making this a record breaking year.

"Well we've got a son and daughter-in-law and some grand daughters down in Dallas. (It's) probably a very opportune time to go down and visit them. Get out of the cold sometime in January and February," winning passenger Mike Gillen said.

The Grand Forks Airport Authority hopes to reach 110,000 passengers by the end of the year.

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