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FEATURE

Williston brought on Cardon Global
as the owner's representative, to be
another set of eyes for the city on these
projects and keep city leadership apprised
of the pertinent information they needed
to have.
Williston brought on a transition
consultant, Chrysalis Global Aviation,
to ensure all stakeholders were kept up
to date on schedules and information
relating to the overnight relocation from
Sloulin Field International Airport to
XWA.
Individual projects within the
greenfield airport project include a new
runway/taxiway for larger aircraft, new
parking lots, new fuel farm, new FBO
co-located with a new customs facility,
new aircraft rescue and fire fighting
operations facility, new snow removal
equipment maintenance facility, new
FAA navaids, new rental car facility and
space for general aviation hangars.
The XWA project was designed with
expansion in mind; there are increased
general aviation areas and new expandable
facilities for FBO and cargo operations.
The terminal was also designed with
expansion capabilities from the current
four gates up to 12 gates.
Dudas said the new facility is
designed to accommodate the design
aircraft, Airbus A321 and all smaller.
The city made a conscious decision to
add an additional inch of concrete on all

commercial aircraft pavements to provide
Having the communication plan in place
additional f lexibility for larger aircraft
to identify and create a solution for these
over the 30-year lifespan of its pavements. unforeseen items will allow for the group
That additional inch was locally funded
to work through these items together."
and changed the weight bearing capacity
XWA services northwestern North
from 150,000 lbs to about 255,000 lbs.
Dakota and Eastern Montana and
"The new XWA terminal has four
the current commercial operators are
gates with three passenger boarding
Delta via MSP and United via DEN.
bridges and ample seating in the
Additionally, the new terminal already
concourse for added passenger comfort," includes the capability to add a third
he said. "The concourse also features a
commercial operator providing potential
full-service restaurant and bar, children's
for additional destinations.
play area and mother's care area which
The complexity of the simultaneous
were not available at the old facility. projects entailed several potential
Future airline growth was also planned
schedule breaking events. In September,
for with space readily available for a third
the region saw a record 8.09" of rain. Rail
airline including ticket counters and
cars slated to bring concrete materials to
office spaces."
XWA were caught behind flood waters in
Airport Operational Readiness and
the Midwest. Those are just two examples
move management was conducted by
of the hurdles everyone on the project
team had to overcome.
Chrysalis, which enabled an overnight
"To add to the challenge, it snowed
transition from a security category IV
airport to a category III airport. With this
the evening of Oct. 9, as well," Dudas
change the new airport increased security
said. "The contractors worked through
by adding a law enforcement presence, this very challenging environment and
automated baggage screening equipment
we even had our public works department
and increased checkpoint capacity.
and city administrator on the airfield
"While we feel we had an excellent
assisting with overnight cleanup."
plan in place to complete the transition,
The $270 million Williston Basin
it is impossible to think of everything
International Airport project is billed as
which may come up during the move," "The People's Airport." Commencement
Dudas said. "Having the mindset that
of operations took place a mere three
certain items may not go as planned or
years to the day after the off icial
that certain items may not be planned for
groundbreaking ceremony, which was
is critical to communicate to the team. held Oct. 10, 2016. 

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Leaders shares the insights of the
new Williston Basin International
Airport that was named one of the
2020 Airport Business Projects of
the Year on a recent episode of the
AviationPros Podcast.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business - June-July 2020

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Keep Your Troubles Outside the Fence
Airport Guru
Less Water, Less Contaminants, Less Problems
Put Out Fires
Projects of the Year
Product Focus
Fueling Directory
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Inside the Fence
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Industry Update
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Keep Your Troubles Outside the Fence
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Airport Guru
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Less Water, Less Contaminants, Less Problems
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