FARGO — Those planning to fly for Thanksgiving can expect airports to be as busy as before the pandemic, and Hector International Airport in Fargo is no exception.

The executive director of the Airport Authority Shawn Dobberstein said the airport has almost completely bounced back to pre-pandemic levels, and that they're filling most of their nearly 2,000 seats per day.

Now the airport is expected to be just as busy for the holidays as they were in 2019.

He added that holiday flyers will need to be patient.

"Pack a bag full of patience when you go through the airport," Dobberstein said. "I would advise you to get subscribed to the apps with the airline that you're flying on so that they can text you if there are disruptions with your flight schedule, or at least get an email from from the airlines."

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And he said, they don't expect the craziness to stop.

"Here with Thanksgiving and continuing through the Christmas holiday and probably mid-April, we're going to see a significant amount of passengers going through the terminal building as we do each year during this time, as opposed to obviously in the COVID period back in 2020," Dobberstein said.