(Tuesday - December 15, 2020) - While there was
doubt for a while whether the County-owned Ford Airport would generate
enough traffic this year to qualify for Federal Funding, that doubt was
put to rest during November, when the airport passed the 10,000
boardings required to qualify.
Boardings are down drastically for
the year, primarily as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Last year,
the airport saw over 22,000 boardings.
Controller / Administrator Brian Bousley reported on the numbers on
Monday, during the regular meeting of the Dickinson County Board of
Bousley said that with the 10,000 figure already
having been achieved in November, December boardings will all be
The airport receives supplemental funding under the EAS
(Essential Air Services) program. The program is funded by fees assessed
against airlines and passengers, and is intended to assist in
maintaining viable air transport for less densely populated areas.