Fort Dodge Regional Airport

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Fort Dodge Regional Airport
Fort Dodge Regional Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Fort Dodge
Serves Fort Dodge, Iowa
Elevation AMSL 1,156 ft / 352 m
Coordinates 42°33′04″N 094°11′31″W / 42.55111°N 94.19194°W / 42.55111; -94.19194Coordinates: 42°33′04″N 094°11′31″W / 42.55111°N 94.19194°W / 42.55111; -94.19194
FOD is located in Iowa
Location of airport in Iowa
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,547 1,996 Asphalt
12/30 5,301 1,616 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 19,700
Based aircraft 24
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Fort Dodge Regional Airport (IATA: FOD[2]ICAO: KFODFAA 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.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline, a service which is subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $3,892,174 (per year).[3]

As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 6,219 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 5,378 in 2009, and 8,207 in 2010.[5] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport.[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

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).[1]

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.[1]


There is currently no scheduled passenger service available at Fort Dodge.


Mesaba Airlines, operating as Delta Connection, formerly had daily service to Minneapolis-St. Paul with a stop in Mason City. Effective June 10, 2010, the stop in Mason City ended and Fort Dodge had nonstop flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Great Lakes Airlines announced it will begin service from Fort Dodge to Minneapolis/St. Paul to replace service by Delta Connection effective April 10, 2012.[7] Great Lakes service ended January 31, 2014.[8]


Carrier shares: July 2013 - June 2014[9]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Great Lakes
Top domestic destinations: July 2013 - June 2014[9]
Rank City Airport name & IATA code Passengers
1 Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis-Saint Paul International (MSP) 1,000


  • Flight Express (Des Moines, Mason City) Cessna 210


Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2001-10682) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2005-6-13 (June 20, 2005): 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 (June 11, 2007): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, 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 (April 27, 2009): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection, 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 (June 8, 2011): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection, 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.
    • Ninety Day Notice (July 15, 2011): of MESABA AVIATION, INC. and PINNACLE AIRLINES, INC. of termination of service at Fort Dodge, IA
    • Order 2011-11-30 (November 23, 2011): 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
    • Great Lakes Airlines press release (January 27, 2014): Effective February 1, 2014, Great Lakes Airlines will be suspending service from Devils Lake and Jamestown, ND; Fort Dodge and Mason City, IA; Ironwood, MI; and Thief River Falls, MN due to the severe industry-wide pilot shortage and its relative acute impact on Great Lakes.
    • Order 2014-1-20 (January 31, 2014): requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service (EAS) at Fort Dodge and/or Mason City, Iowa. The communities will be without air service effective February 1, 2014.
    • Order 2014-4-26 (April 24, 2014): directing interested persons to show cause as to why the Department should not terminate the eligibility ... under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program based on criteria passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95). We find that Fort Dodge is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Omaha Airport-Eppley Airfield (OMA), a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Fort Dodge generated a total of 5,868 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 9.4 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

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