kmot From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 40 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7267 times:
Minot business is booming. Delta Air Lines will be bringing an Airbus A319 in daily. The Delta schedule will see 1x A319, 2x E70/75's, and 3x CRJ's totaling 6 flts. Delta will begin 7 flts in April.
On the UA side 3 flts daily to DEN. Rummer is that Allegiant will be starting daily service to Las Vegas and 4x weekly service to Phoenix/Mesa. In addition, Continental is running weekly IAH charters. United is in talks to start daily IAH service as well.
Minot enplanements are soaring due to the oil boom. Enplanements are expected to reach 150,000 for the year. To put this into perspective the terminal was designed for less than 80,000 enplanements! In less than two years Minot went from 3 DC9 flights and 1 airline to 12 daily flts and three airlines.
Which is kind of funny that we are all RJ with the new terminal and all lol
North Dakota is booming, MOT's success is something to be amazed at. It is good that the airport was spared from the summer flood, but unfortunate that the rest of the town by the Souris River is still recovering.
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 14411 posts, RR: 26 Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6734 times:
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 7): Well with this upgraded service, there must be stuff to do in ND, no?
Tons of work in the energy industry up there. A lot of wind power and oil exploration is making North Dakota a booming place at the moment. There was just a fairly large oil discovery not that long ago.
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 7): I'd like to know because it's the only state my dad hasn't been to and we need an excuse to go up there.
Unless you are going for work or something, there still is little reason to go. The isolation is just stunning, even more so than deserts. With a desert it is obvious why it is empty, but, unless it is winter, North Dakota is empty but seemingly for no good reason.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
nutsaboutplanes From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 336 posts, RR: 6 Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6702 times:
I used to layover in Minot all the time with NW on our 3-5 day "Tour of the Midwest's smallest cities" patterns. Those trips usually had layovers in MOT, DLH, GRB and MSN.....I just dug out an old schedule with flight patterns and there were several of these scheduled as "ADD" patterns on the DC-9-50........lots of great memories.....I will never forget my 3 day layover during Christmas in Duluth!
US Airways, Alaska Airlines, Northwest Airlines, America West Airlines, USAFR
bomber996 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 368 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6636 times:
Quoting KLASM83 (Reply 4): Which is kind of funny that we are all RJ with the new terminal and all lol
Hey now... We still have 2x weekly to Vegas and Phoenix on G4 and soon to have 4x weekly to Orlando also on G4. It just so happens that Minot is a lot closer to all the action in the North Dakota job boom. But its not just there. The GF Herald reported this summer that something like 32% of businesses in Grand Forks are hiring right now. I've lived in Grand Forks since 2007 and I've never seen stop and go traffic here until after this past summer! This place is booming! Too bad its so damn flat.
Like others mentions, between oil and wind ND is the place to be. There was a show called "Boomtown" on Planet Green TV that did a fairly good job of explaining the ups and downs of the oil discoveries there. I was reading new technologies in oil exploration are not only leading to the boom in ND but may reopen fields in Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. The big challenge is the pipeline network in this country is set up to bring oil from the ports to the interior (pipelines were originally built to get the oil from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast without the U-Boats of WWII off the east coast torpedoing tankers). Now leaders are scrambling to find a way to get the oil from the interior to the population centers.
steex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1447 posts, RR: 9 Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6275 times:
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 8): Unless you are going for work or something, there still is little reason to go. The isolation is just stunning, even more so than deserts. With a desert it is obvious why it is empty, but, unless it is winter, North Dakota is empty but seemingly for no good reason.
Largely true. I will add, though, that Theodore Roosevelt National Park has some beautiful landscape, as do several other areas in the western half of the state.
kmot From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 40 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5813 times:
Currently Delta is the only airline offering a first class product into MOT. United is offering a 50 seat product.
Minot is the number one destination for Delta Air Lines out of IAH do not be supprised if they start offering through flights with no change of planes starting March as well. The rumor is the 500a will be a through to IAH.
steex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1447 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5363 times:
Quoting BC77008 (Reply 19): I certainly questIon this tidbit of information. They don't have any through flights between IAH and MOT (like they do between IAH and DBX via a change of gauge at ATL)
They also don't face the wide variety of competition between IAH and MOT that they do between IAH and Middle East/Africa, so it's far less important. There is only one other airline serving MOT at all, and UA also doesn't have any one-stop through flights to/from IAH (not to mention having considerably less overall capacity to MOT).
I don't know if IAH is the biggest destination from MOT for DL or not, but the absence of through flights is really not very good evidence either way.
Edit: I just realized that the contention is that Minot is the number one destination out IAH, which is almost certainly not true. I misread it to mean the opposite - that Houston is the number one destination from Minot.
wingsofman72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 116 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5004 times:
Ah...'MAGIC MINOT"...many years ago on a CO/FL 737-200 (a FRONTINEAL 737) just after CO took over FL (back when FL was Frontier). Coldest aircraft I ever was on...sat all night in January with no heat... I don't think I stopped shivering until I was inside the terminal in DEN!!