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N925AT at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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State series: Minnesota

MAJOR AIRPORTS

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is a joint military-civil use airport. It is located in within 10 miles of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The airport is the third largest hub for Delta Airlines, and is also a hub for Sun Country Airlines. In 2015, the airport was the 16th busiest airport in the United States and the 50th busiest airport in the world, with commercial service to 155 destinations.

The airport has four runways (all concrete) and two terminals (1-Lindbergh and 2-Humphrey). In 2015, the airport saw around 35,583,000 passengers and 405,000 aircraft operations. The busiest domestic route from MSP is to Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), served by American, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, and United. The busiest international destination from MSP is to Amsterdam, operated by Delta. Delta is the largest operator at MSP, with a 51% share of passengers. Skywest Airlines, operating on behalf of Alaska, Delta Connection, and United Express, is the second largest operator, with 9% of passengers.

Duluth International Airport

Duluth International Airport (DLH) is a joint military-civil use airport, located in Duluth, Minnesota. It is mostly used for general aviation, however, three commercial airlines service the airport. The airport is considered the second busiest commercial airport in Minnesota, following MSP.

The airport has two runways. 9/27 is concrete at 10,162 ft, while 3/21 is asphalt, measuring at 5719 ft. In 2015, the airport saw around 266,500 passengers and around 55,000 aircraft movements. The airport is serviced by Delta, Delta Connection, and United Express, with service to MSP as well as Chicago-O’Hare (ORD). Delta is the dominant carrier with their DLH-MSP route.

Rochester International Airport

Rochester International Airport (RST) is considered a non hub primary airport located near Rochester, Minnesota. It is the third busiest commercial airport in the state. The airport is the hub for MayoClinic MedAir.

American Eagle and Delta Connection serve RST, with flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Atlanta, and MSP. Sun Country also has charter flights from RST. The busiest destination from RST was to Chicago, served by American. The airport has two runways, (13/31 and 2/20), both concrete. RST say 226,000 passengers in 2015.

MINOR AIRPORTS

Aitkin Municipal Airport

Aitkin Municipal Airport is a public use airport in the city of Aitkin, Minnesota, owned by the County and City of Aitkin. The airport has two runways North South,(16/34) and East West (8/26). The North South runway is concrete with a length of 4,018 ft. The other runway is a turf runway, with a length of 3,335 feet.

Thief River Falls Regional Airport

Thief River Falls Regional Airport (TVF) is a public use airport near Thief River Falls, Minnesota. The airport is mainly used for general aviation, but is also served by a commercial airline. From 2011-2015, it was considered a non-primary commercial service airport.

The airport has two runways, both asphalt. Boutique Air offers passenger service subsidized under the Essential Air Service program to MSP. The airport also sees cargo carriers such as DHL and UPS. In 2014, the airport saw 31,270 aircraft movements.

Willmar Municipal Airport

Willmar Municipal Airport (ILL), also known as John L Rice Field, is a public use airport located in Willmar, Minnesota. The airport was established in 1934 under the New Deal, a federal project. The airport has two runways 13/31 and 3/21. Runway 13/31 is 5,500 ft long and is made of asphalt, while 3/21 is 3000 ft long and is made of turf.

Samuel Chen
Samuel Chen
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