Fort Dodge Regional Airport
|Fort Dodge Regional Airport|
|IATA: FOD – ICAO: KFOD – FAA LID: FOD|
|Owner||City of Fort Dodge|
|Serves||Fort Dodge, Iowa|
|Elevation AMSL||1,156 ft / 352 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Fort Dodge Regional Airport (IATA: FOD, ICAO: KFOD, FAA LID: FOD) is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) north of the central business district of Fort Dodge, a city in Webster County, Iowa, United States. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 6,219 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 5,378 enplanements in 2009, and 8,207 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft 
Fort Dodge Regional Airport covers an area of 992 acres (401 ha) at an elevation of 1,156 feet (352 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 6/24 is 6,547 by 150 feet (1,996 x 46 m) and 12/30 is 5,301 by 100 feet (1,616 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending July 31, 2010, the airport had 19,700 aircraft operations, an average of 53 per day: 89% general aviation, 8% scheduled commercial, 3% air taxi, and 1% military. At that time there were 24 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine and 17% multi-engine.
Airline and destination 
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Great Lakes Airlines||Minneapolis/St. Paul|
Mesaba Airlines, operating as Delta Connection, formerly offered daily service to Minneapolis-St. Paul with a stop in Mason City. Effective on June 10, 2010, the stop in Mason City will end and Fort Dodge will have nonstop flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Beginning June 10, 2010, departures from Fort Dodge will be 7:10 AM and 2:27 PM and arrivals will be 12:50 PM and 7:25 PM daily. Great Lakes Airlines announced that it will begin service from Fort Dodge to Minneapolis/St. Paul to replace service currently served by Delta Connection effective April 10, 2012.
- Flight Express (Des Moines, Mason City) Cessna 210
- FAA Airport Master Record for FOD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
Other sources 
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2001-10682) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-6-13: selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink, an affiliate of Northwest Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2005, at an annual subsidy of $777,709 for Thief River Falls and a combined annual subsidy of $2,160,770 for Fort Dodge and Mason City.
- Order 2007-6-3: re-selecting Mesaba Aviation Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink (Mesaba), to continue to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007. Service will consist of 18 round trips per week at Fort Dodge and Mason City, routed Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Paul, at the combined annual subsidy rate of $21,113,865. Service at Thief River Falls will consist of 12 one-stop round trips per week to Minneapolis/St. Paul at the annual subsidy rate of $1,065,639. All service will be provided with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft as Northwest Airlink.
- Order 2009-4-20: re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection (Mesaba), to continue providing subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Fort Dodge and Mason City, IA, and Thief River Falls, MN, for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2009, at the annual subsidy rates of $2,225,213 for Fort Dodge and Mason City, and $1,230,322 for Thief River Falls.
- Order 2011-6-7: re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection (Mesaba), to provide essential air service (EAS) at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, at annual subsidy rates of $1,910,995 and $1,017,545 at Mason City, respectively, for the five-month period June 1, 2011, through October 31, 2011.
- Order 2011-11-30: selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at six communities at the following annual subsidy rates: Brainerd, Minnesota, $959,865; Fort Dodge, $1,798,693; Iron Mountain, $1,707,841; Mason City, $1,174,468; Thief River Falls, Minnesota, $1,881,815; and Watertown, $1,710,324, for the two-year period beginning when Great Lakes inaugurates full EAS at all six communities
- Fort Dodge Regional Airport at City of Fort Dodge website
- Aerial image as of September 1995 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective May 2, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for FOD, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: