Aberdeen Regional Airport

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Aberdeen Regional Airport
Aberdeen Army Airfield
Aberdeen Regional Airport (logo).png
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Aberdeen
ServesAberdeen, South Dakota
Elevation AMSL1,302 ft / 397 m
Coordinates45°26′53.8″N 098°25′21.9″W / 45.448278°N 98.422750°W / 45.448278; -98.422750
ABR is located in South Dakota
Location of airport in South Dakota / United States
ABR is located in the United States
ABR (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,901 2,103 Concrete
17/35 5,500 1,676 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations40,152
Based aircraft55

Aberdeen Regional Airport (IATA: ABR, ICAO: KABR, FAA LID: ABR) is a city-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) east of the central business district of Aberdeen, a city in Brown County, South Dakota, United States.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation, and is also served by one commercial airline.

Airline and destination[edit]

The airport is the only commercial airport in the state of South Dakota with airline service to only one city. Sioux Falls serves 11 cities & Rapid City serves 12 cities, while Watertown and Pierre serve two cities each.

Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul

Map of destinations[edit]

Map of Destinations
All passenger destinations from Aberdeen Regional Airport (ABR).

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest route out of ABR
(Sep 2016 - Aug 2017)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Minneapolis/St. Paul 27,000 Delta Connection

FedEx Feeder is operated at the field by CSA Air. UPS Feeder is operated by Encore Aviation

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Aberdeen Regional Airport covers an area of 1,284 acres (520 ha) at an elevation of 1,302 feet (397 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 13/31 is 6,901 by 100 feet (2,103 x 30 m) with a concrete surface; 17/35 is 5,500 by 100 feet (1,676 x 30 m) with an asphalt surface.[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 40,152 aircraft operations, an average of 110 per day: 83% general aviation, 4% scheduled commercial, 13% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 55 aircraft based at this airport: 34 single-engine, 15 multi-engine, 5 jet and 1 helicopter.[1]

The passenger terminal is one of four terminals in South Dakota that boasts a moving jet bridge, the other three being Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Rapid City Regional Airport, and Pierre Regional Airport. The loading bridge allows passengers to board the aircraft from directly inside the terminal and right onto the aircraft without having to walk outside. As of March 2018, Delta Connection is the only commercial airline currently operating out of Aberdeen Regional Airport, providing jet only service on daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul on their Canadair Regional Jet 200.


  • 605-626-7020 Airport Administration Office.
  • For services after hours call (605) 225-1384/8008.
  • Prior Permission Required for unscheduled air carrier operations with more than 30 passenger seats call airport manager 605-626-7020. After hours call 605-216-0321.
  • MIRL runway 17/35 & HIRL runway 13/31 preset on low intensity sunset - 00:00; to increase intensity & activate REIL runways 13; 17; 35 & MALSR runway 31 - CTAF.
  • Gulls & geese on and in the vicinity of airport from March to December.
  • Runway 13 & runway 17 approach ends are closely aligned. Verify correct runway and compass heading prior to departure.
  • This airport has been surveyed by the National Geodetic Survey.


In 1923, Aberdeen hosted the first fly-in event in South Dakota. During World War II, the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces as a contract glider training airfield owned by Anderson & Brennan Flying Service, beginning on 25 May 1942. The mission of the school was to train glider pilot students in proficiency in operation of gliders in various types of towed and soaring flight, both day and night, and in servicing of gliders in the field. They primarily used C-47 Skytrains and Waco CG-4 unpowered Gliders.

Originally named Aberdeen Municipal Airport, the name was changed to Saunders Field in 1946.

Notable visitors[edit]

President George W. Bush landed here in the early 2000s (decade) to speak at a rally at Northern State University. Reba McEntire also made a stop here on July 22, 2013, when the Phenom 100 jet she was traveling in stopped at the airport to refuel. McEntire was on her way to a concert in Edmonton, Alberta.

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for ABR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-08-27.

External links[edit]

  • Aberdeen Regional Airport at City of Aberdeen website
  • "Aberdeen Regional Airport" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-25. (146 KiB) at South Dakota DOT Airport Directory
  • The WW II Glider Pilots
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for ABR, effective January 2, 2020
  • Resources for this airport: