This year, there is a 13 percent decrease in the number of airline passengers throughout the state.

According to State Aeronautics Commission data, boardings at eight commercial service airports were down 11 percent last month, from the previous year. This includes declines in Dickinson and Williston of 56 percent and 28 percent respectively.

Bismarck, Devils Lake, and Jamestown showed increases in airline passengers, while Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot airports also saw decreases. Despite these drops, as previously reported, since August 23, airfares have dropped significantly and will be in that same price range until roughly a couple weeks before Thanksgiving.

As of the end of August, from the aforementioned eight cities, there have been 695,420 passengers that have flown commercially compared to 803,461 at the same time last year.

Perhaps the drop in current airfares can help those airline statistics significantly.