Hector International Airport
|Hector International Airport|
2006 USGS Orthophoto
|IATA: FAR – ICAO: KFAR – FAA LID: FAR|
|Owner||Municipal Airport Authority of the City of Fargo|
|Operator||Municipal Airport Authority|
|Serves||Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota|
|Location||Fargo, North Dakota|
|Elevation AMSL||902 ft / 275 m|
Hector International Airport (IATA: FAR, ICAO: KFAR, FAA LID: FAR) is a civil-military public airport three miles (5 km) northwest of Fargo, in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is owned by the City of Fargo Municipal Airport Authority. Fargo Air National Guard Base is located adjacent to the airport.
The airport was named after Martin Hector, who donated the land for it. Customs service is available for arrivals from Canada and other countries. Hector International has no scheduled passenger airline flights out of the country but has its international title (like many other airports) because of this customs service.
The airport is home to Fargo Air National Guard Base and the Happy Hooligans of the 119th Wing (119 WG), a unit of the North Dakota Air National Guard that operates the C-21A Lear Jet and MQ-1 Predator.
The airport was the intended destination for the airplane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson on February 3, 1959. The airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Clear Lake, Iowa, killing the 3 musicians and the pilot.
In 2014, passenger counts totaled 894,426. 
Facilities and aircraft
Hector International Airport covers 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) and has three runways: 18/36 is 9,001 x 150 ft (2,744 x 46 m), 9/27 is 6,302 x 100 ft (1,921 x 30 m), and 13/31 is 3,801 x 75 ft (1,159 x 46 m). Hector International has the longest public runway in North Dakota and can receive Boeing 747s.
The terminal was built in 1986 and designed by Foss Associates with Thompson Consultants.
In 2008 the airport completed the passenger terminal expansion and update that started in October 2006. The $15.5 million project designed by TL Stroh Architects updated the terminal and added a gate, an additional baggage claim and expanded the security checkpoint area.
Airlines and destinations
|1||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN||166,000||Delta|
|2||Chicago O'Hare, IL||88,000||American, United|
|3||Denver, CO||74,000||Frontier, United|
|5||Salt Lake City, UT||24,000||Delta|
|6||Las Vegas, NV||23,000||Allegiant|
|7||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||16,000||American|
|10||Los Angeles, CA||4,000||Allegiant|
- FAA Airport Master Record for FAR ( PDF), effective December 20, 2007
- Hector International Airport, official web site
- "Hector Field History". Municipal Airport Authority.
- Progressive architecture (Berkeley: Reinhold) 68 (1–3). 1987. Missing or empty
- News and Statistics. Retrieved on Apr 3, 2015.
- Official airport website
- (PDF), effective April 30, 2015
- Resources for this airport: