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Submit your GFK Photos!

Submitted by Matt Snell, Airport Operations Specialist GFK is proud and fortunate to be the home of UND Aerospace. Many of the students that receive their education here are avid picture takers and we’ve had some awesome photos submitted.  If you’d like to submit yours, either email it to or just click here and…

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2018 – Las Vegas Hockey

We’re super excited to welcome hockey fans to our passenger terminal this week when they board planes to Vegas for the UND Hall of Fame game against Minnesota! Vegas Baby! Go Fighting Hawks!

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2018 – Station of the Year

Congrats to GFK’s Delta Global Services (DGS) manager and staff! They were recently awarded the 2017 “Station of the Year” for excellence in their category of Delta Air Line’s non-hub stations. The DGS team in Grand Forks was ranked number one out of 50 similar-sized airports in the United States after being evaluated on boarding…

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GFK Destinations

A Las Vegas Must See!

If you haven’t been to Las Vegas before, take it from us, you’re really missing out!  There’s something for everyone there – starting with the Fountains of Bellagio. Pictures and videos just don’t do them justice, you have to experience them!  

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If You Could Go Anywhere on Delta…

Where is your dream vacation?  If you could hop on a Delta flight at GFK and go anywhere, where would it be? Here’s one idea for you and your family – this year, why not book a flight to the Big Apple – New York City?  The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State…

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Spring Break Idea? Try Orlando

  Allegiant offers flights from GFK to Orlando during the late winter/early spring months.  There are so many things to do there, where do we start?  Let’s try Wikipedia: “Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World, comprised…

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GFK Will Get You to Arizona!

Just think of all the fun things you can do in Arizona!  Need help?  Check out this link to their Travel Guide and more!   Then, contact Allegiant or Delta to buy your tickets from GFK, where you’ll find great people to see you off.  And last but not least, tag us on your photos when…

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Follow our Intern!

Meet Our 2021 Intern, Brad Wheeler

Get to know a little bit about GFK’s 2021 Intern, Brad Wheeler! Brad is a senior at the University of North Dakota studying airport management and public affairs. We look forward to having him on our airport staff for the next year. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Korissa’s Blog: See Y’all Later

This last year has gone by so fast, but I am grateful to have been the intern at GFK. Every day has been fun and I learned so much to take onto my professional career.

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GFK Triennial Emergency Exercise

  Every 3 years, the Grand Forks International Airport conducts a large-scale emergency exercise that is reviewed and monitored by the FAA. Airports must complete a triennial exercise as part of their compliance with FAA regulations. Our triennial Emergency Drill on September 18th was a great success. There were several improvements already implemented to improve…

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Korissa’s Blog: ARFF Training

The GFK ARFF Department 🧑🏻‍🚒 conducts training once a month on a whole bunch of topics to keep our airport safe✈️ Over the last year, the department has completed a variety of trainings from simple fire extinguishers to a large scale disaster drill🚒 #FlyGFK

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Korissa’s Blog: The Rodinator

Watch as our Intern experiences the Rodinator! Fun Friday with Maintenance while keeping the airfield free of critters!

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Korissa’s Blog: Firehose Bowling!

How do firefighter train and have fun at the same time? Go bowling with fire hoses! As you can see, I am super excited to hit the pins, cause there was about 25 tries before this!

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Korissa’s Blog: Airfield Inspections

One of the coolest opportunities I get as an intern, is that sometimes I get to cover 24 hour shifts for the full-time employees if they are gone. Covering a 24 hour shift gives me a ton of experience and the responsibilities just as a full-time GFK Operations/ARFF Specialist. Our department is open 24/7 with…

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Korissa’s Blog: Attending the AAAE Annual Conference

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is the world’s largest professional organization for airport executives. AAAE’s 6,500 individual members represent over 875 airports across America and 560 members represent countless companies and organizations that support airports. Over the years, since the organization’s birth in 1928, AAAE has grown into an organization that delivers a…

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Korissa’s Blog: Painting at GFK

Have you ever looked at a runway and wondered why it’s painted the way that it is? Runways, Taxiways, and Aprons all have different paint requirements including what type of lines, reflectivity beads imbedded in the paint, width of the spray, and the color. Runways markings are always white, taxiways have yellow paint, and apron…

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Airport History

For a complete list of our History posts, visit our History page.

2016 – ARFF Building Opens

A ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the Airport’s new fire station was held on May 4th, 2016. The new Aircraft Rescue  and Firefighting (ARFF) facility replaces a 25-year-old station and is a 17,185 sq. ft., one story structure built to accommodate crew and equipment, including living quarters that feature a commercial-style kitchen, lounge area,…

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2014 – GFK’s 50 Year Anniversary

The airport celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary on August 18, 2014. Click here to view a copy of the event’s special newspaper section published in the Grand Forks Herald. Patrick Dame was the Executive Director of the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority during this 50th Anniversary Celebration. Below is a transcript of his speech, followed by…

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2014 – Stephen Rucinski Maintenance Center Dedication

Stephen M. “Skip” Rucinski, age 66, passed away on January 19, 2013. Skip joined the Grand Forks Airport in 1970, and had been the longest serving employee at the airport at the time, 43 years. Skip’s knowledge of the airfield and its facilities was legendary, and he has been missed. Around the time of his…

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2011 – Byron L. Dorgan Terminal Construction

The Byron L. Dorgan Terminal construction began on July 2, 2009 and was opened for it’s first arrival on August 29, 2011. Photos and videos of the construction project and celebratory events are in album tabs below. Moved In The Byron L. Dorgan Terminal received its first arrival on the evening of August 29th and…

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2009 – Honor Flight

Northern Valley Honor Flight – September 25 & 26, 2009 Written by Barb Zavala, Northern Valley Honor Flight Chair The Northern Valley Honor Flight, based out of Grand Forks, ND, recently completed its second trip sending a total of 198 WWII veterans, between the two flights, to Washington, DC. The trip, which was completely free…

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1959-84 Norman Midboe Historical Collection

A very important part of our airport’s history is a man named Norman Midboe (1922-2015). Mr. Midboe started working for the Grand Forks Airport in 1941 at age 19, and became manager in 1961. He was at the helm until he retired 23 years later in 1984. His leadership brought many changes to the airport,…

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1928-31 The First Grand Forks Airport

The first airport in Grand Forks was located just southeast of where the intersection of Highway 2 and Interstate 29 is now.

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