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Rochester International Airport


Dec 16, 2021

Rochester International Airport(IATA: RST, ICAO: KRST, FAA LID: RST) is seven miles (11 km) south of downtown Rochester, in Olmsted County, Minnesota. It is the second busiest airport in Minnesota. It used to be “Rochester Municipal Airport”, its name before adding customs and immigration facilities specifically for Mayo Clinic purposes in 1995.[3]

For the airport in New York, see Greater Rochester International Airport.

Rochester International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator City of Rochester
Location Rochester, Minnesota
Hub for Mayo Clinic MedAir
Elevation AMSL 1,317 ft / 401.4 m


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Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 9,034 2,754 Concrete
2/20 7,301 2,225 Concrete
Statistics (2019)
Passengers 359,470
Aircraft operations 49,734
Based aircraft 71

The airport covers 2,400 acres (971 ha) and has two concrete runways: 9,034 ft × 150 ft (2,754 m × 46 m) runway 13/31 and 7,301 ft × 150 ft (2,225 m × 46 m) runway 2/20.[2]

Airline service is on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on commuter jets. Sun Country Airlines will be adding nonstop flights in early 2022. Charter service is also occasionally offered by Sun Country Airlines on Boeing 737s. The airport has a large FedEx Express terminal and a general aviation terminal.

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The original Rochester airport was founded in 1928 by the Mayo Foundation to bring patients to Mayo Clinic. It was in what is now southeast Rochester and occupied 285 acres (1.2 km2). The following year ‘Rochester Airport’ was dedicated, and the Rochester Airport Company was founded as a subsidiary of the Mayo Foundation. Northwest Airlines began running Ford Trimotors to Rochester from St. Paul. Rochester was one of the first destinations from the Twin Cities in Northwest Airlines history, behind Chicago, Winnipeg, Green Bay, and Fargo.

In 1940, the runways were paved and more land was acquired, bringing the airport’s area to 370 acres (1.5 km2). During World War II, the Army Air Corps conducted training operations from the airport. In 1945, the Mayo Foundation gave the airport to the city of Rochester, but the Rochester Airport Company continued to operate the field under an agreement with the city. The airport was renamed Lobb Field in 1952. In 1960, it was decided to replace Lobb Field with a new airport southwest of town because it could not be expanded to allow larger airliners and was too close to the urban area of Rochester. The original Rochester Airport closed in 1961.

In 1960, Rochester Municipal Airport opened at its current location 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Rochester; in 1965, runway 13 was 6400 feet and runway 2 was 4000 feet. Northwest and Braniff moved to the new airport in 1960, but Ozark’s DC-3s stayed at Lobb until 1961; North Central Airlines arrived in 1968, and Braniff left around the same time. The first jets were Northwest 727s in 1965.

American Airlines began service to Chicago O’Hare in 1988. 1995 saw the addition of a US Customs post and it became the Rochester International Airport. TWA operated flights to St. Louis in early 2001, but these routes were dropped very soon due to the merger with American Airlines. On September 15, 2005, the primary runway was lengthened from 7,533′ to 9,034′ following a three-month closure for renovations; runway centerline and touchdown zone lighting were added. The change was made to allow large wide body aircraft, which had been weight-restricted upon departure.

In 1970, Imperial Airways offered scheduled helicopter service to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On December 4, 1970, Imperial Airways announced it was canceling its scheduled helicopter flights in Minnesota, including from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) to Rochester.[4]

In 2020, the airport received a $2,479,991 CARES Act award.[5][6]

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