FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $500,000 to Fargo’s airport to help officials convince an airline to fly between the city and Seattle.

North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced the funding Tuesday.

The federal grant will be used to develop a new marketing program for Hector International Airport.

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the funding will help the airport remain competitive. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says Fargo’s emergence as a regional economic center requires air service to the western United States.

Shawn Dobberstein, the airport’s executive director, tells KFGO-AM that Alaska Airlines is interested in the route.

 

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