Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport

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Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Brainerd & Crow Wing County
Serves Brainerd, Minnesota
Elevation AMSL 1,232 ft / 376 m
Coordinates 46°24′08″N 094°08′08″W / 46.40222°N 94.13556°W / 46.40222; -94.13556Coordinates: 46°24′08″N 094°08′08″W / 46.40222°N 94.13556°W / 46.40222; -94.13556
BRD is located in Minnesota
Location of airport in Minnesota / United States
BRD is located in the US
BRD (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 7,100 2,164 Concrete
5/23 6,512 1,984 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 18 Concrete
Aircraft operations (2016) 37,900
Based aircraft (2017) 89

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (IATA: BRD, ICAO: KBRD, FAA LID: BRD) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Brainerd, a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The airport is owned by the city and county.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation but is also served by one commercial airline.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 16,665 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 15,472 enplanements in 2009, and 16,404 in 2010.[3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport covers an area of 2,597 acres (1,051 ha) at an elevation of 1,232 feet (376 m) above mean sea level. It has two active runways with concrete surfaces: 16/34 is 7,100 by 150 feet (2,164 x 46 m) and 5/23 is 6,512 by 150 feet (1,984 x 46 m). The airport also has one helipad designated H1 which measures 60 by 60 feet (18 x 18 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending October 31, 2016, the airport had 37,900 aircraft operations, an average of 104 per day: 87% general aviation, 8% scheduled commercial, 4% air taxi and 1% military. In January 2017, there were 89 aircraft based at this airport: 69 single-engine, 6 multi-engine, 6 jet and 8 helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul


Airlines Destinations
Bemidji Airlines[5] Minneapolis/St. Paul
FedEx Feeder Rochester
Busiest domestic routes out of BRD
(Sep 2016-Aug 2017)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Minneapolis/St. Paul 19,000 Delta


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BRD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective Jan 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27. 
  5. ^

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2011-0135) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety Day Notice (July 15, 2011): of Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. of termination of service at Brainerd, MN.
    • Order 2011-9-5 (September 13, 2011): prohibiting suspension of service and requesting proposals.
    • 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.
    • Order 2012-6-3 (June 6, 2012): extending the Essential Air Service obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation—Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines, d/b/a Delta Connection at the eight communities listed below (Muscle Shoals, AL; Alpena, MI; Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI; Brainerd, MN; International Falls, MN; Greenville, MS; Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS; Tupelo, MS) for 30 days, through, July 9, 2012.

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