Sioux Falls Regional Airport

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Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Joe Foss Field
FSD logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner City of Sioux Falls
Operator Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority
Serves Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Elevation AMSL 1,430 ft / 436 m
Coordinates 43°34′55″N 096°44′31″W / 43.58194°N 96.74194°W / 43.58194; -96.74194Coordinates: 43°34′55″N 096°44′31″W / 43.58194°N 96.74194°W / 43.58194; -96.74194
FSD is located in South Dakota
Location of airport in South Dakota
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 8,999 2,743 Concrete
15/33 8,000 2,438 Concrete
9/27 3,151 960 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 67,475
Based aircraft 111
Sources: Airport website,[1] FAA[2]
Runway layout at FSD

Sioux Falls Regional Airport[1] (IATA: FSD[3]ICAO: KFSDFAA LID: FSD), also known as Joe Foss Field,[2] is a public and military use airport owned by the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority and located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Sioux Falls, a city in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States.[2] Named in honor of aviator Joe Foss, it serves the greater Sioux Falls area, as well as communities throughout eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year.[4] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 423,288 enplanements in calendar year 2011, an increase of 18.92% from 355,939 in 2010.[5]

Also located here is the Joe Foss Field Air National Guard Station, home to Headquarters, South Dakota Air National Guard and its 114th Fighter Wing (114 FW), an Air Combat Command gained unit known as the "Fighting Lobos" and operating F-16C/D aircraft.

Although the South Dakota Adjutant General is based in Camp Rapid in Rapid City, South Dakota, the South Dakota Air National Guard is effectively headquartered with the 114 FW.

FSD has public Wi-Fi available provided by Midcontinent Communications.


Sioux Falls Regional Airport was originally the Sioux Falls Army Air Base constructed during World War II and closed permanently in the mid-1960s. The base was a logistical supply center and its grid of streets now make up a distinct industrial area in northwest Sioux Falls. The Air National Guard Base portion of the airport is located south and west of the commercial and general aviation areas, north of Russell Street, and has all the standard facilities of any small USAF installation except for family housing. The 114th's F-16C and F-16D aircraft are a frequent sight over the Sioux Falls area, conducting training flights and routine operations.

The existing terminal building was built in 1970 and totals approximately 97,300 square feet.[6] Several improvements/additions have been made to the terminal building since then. An extensive renovation project designed by Gensler was completed in 1990 that not only included improving the aesthetics of the building, but also included a new gift shop, snack and lounge area, a new public-use conference room, and improvements to the electrical, heating, and ventilation systems.[6] A 9,200 square-foot addition to the terminal building was completed in 2002 and accommodates a new baggage claim, expanded rental offices, and a Federal Inspections Services (FIS) processing area including facilities for the United States Customs Service (USCS), Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).[6] In late 2003, a terminal remodeling was undertaken to provide additional space for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a widening of the checkpoint area, and a “meet and greet” area upstairs. Additional seating was also added on the lower level.[6]

In 2005, Sioux Falls Regional Airport became the first airport to de-federalize its workforce. Covenant Aviation Security previously provided baggage and passenger screening under contract with the Transportation Security Administration under the Screening Partnership Program. Currently the Trinity Technology Group provides security screening functions.[citation needed]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Joe Foss Field covers an area of 1,570 acres (635 ha) at an elevation of 1,430 feet (436 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with concrete surfaces: 3/21 is 8,999 by 150 feet (2,743 x 46 m), 15/33 is 8,000 by 150 feet (2,438 x 46 m), and 9/27 is 3,151 by 75 feet (960 x 23 m). It also has one helipad designated H1 with an asphalt surface measuring 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2012, the airport had 67,475 aircraft operations, an average of 184 per day: 43% air taxi, 38% general aviation, 10% scheduled commercial, and 8% military. At that time there were 111 aircraft based at this airport: 49.5% single-engine, 31% multi-engine, 16% military, and 4% jet.[2]


Beginning in the spring of 2009, the Sioux Falls Regional Airport embarked on a 3 phase multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project, designed by Koch Hazard Architects,[7] that included renovating and expanding the ticketing and check-in counter area, renovating the ground floor gift shop, updating and renovating the concourse, and updating and expanding the airport's parking operations. As of March 2012, Phase 3, was nearly complete, and the finishing touches including new TSA full-body scanners at the security checkpoint, and a new jetbridge at gate 8 were in place and operational. Future projects for the airport include a remodel of the lower level restaurant (expected to begin April 2012 and be completed by Oct. 2012). A runway intersection repaving project will commence later this year. The intersection of runway 15-33 and 3-21 will be replaced over a series of four weekends beginning the weekend of August 17, 2012 and ending on the weekend of September 14, 2012. During these weekends, the airport will be closed to most commercial traffic although the shorter runway 9-27 will remain open. The expected cost of this project is approximately $7.7 million.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Los Angeles
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Detroit
Frontier Airlines Denver
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver


Top domestic destinations (April 2013 – March 2014)[9]
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Denver International (DEN) 132,000 Frontier, United
2 Minneapolis/St Paul International (MSP) 127,000 Delta
3 O'Hare International (ORD) 94,000 American, United
4 Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) 33,000 American
5 McCarran International (LAS) 31,000 Allegiant
6 Phoenix/Mesa Gateway (AZA) 29,000 Alligiant
7 Orlando/Sanford International (SFB) 13,000 Allegiant
8 Hartsfield/Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) 9,000 Delta
9 St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) 6,000 Allegiant
10 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) 5,000 Delta


Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Bemidji Airlines Jamestown
CSA Air Aberdeen, Pierre
Empire Airways Rapid City
Encore Air Cargo Aberdeen, Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Pierre, Rapid City, Watertown, Williston, Winner
FedEx Express Memphis
Martinaire Bismarck, Fargo, Thief River Falls
UPS Airlines Calgary, Louisville


On December 20, 1983, Ozark Airlines Flight 650 struck a snow plow while landing, killing the driver.


  1. ^ a b Sioux Falls Regional Airport, official website
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for FSD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (FSD: Sioux Falls Regional / Jo Foss Fld)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Airport Master Plan". Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority. December 2006. 
  7. ^ "Airport renovation plan OK'd". Koch Hazard Architects. December 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ "2012 Runway Intersection Project". Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sioux Falls, SD: Joe Foss Field (FSD)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. March 2013. 

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