Hector International Airport

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Hector International Airport
Hector International Airport Logo.svg
Hector International Airport - North Dakota.jpg
2006 USGS Orthophoto
Airport type Public
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
Coordinates 46°55′14″N 096°48′57″W / 46.92056°N 96.81583°W / 46.92056; -96.81583
Website www.FargoAirport.com
KFAR is located in North Dakota
Location of Hector International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 9,001 2,744 Concrete
9/27 6,302 1,921 Concrete
13/31 3,801 1,159 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft operations 78,186
Based aircraft 180
Total Passengers 894,426
Source: FAA[1] and airport web site[2]

Hector International Airport (IATA: FARICAO: KFARFAA 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.[1] Fargo Air National Guard Base is located adjacent to the airport.

The airport was named after Martin Hector, who donated the land for it.[3] 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. [4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

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).[1] Hector International has the longest public runway in North Dakota and can receive Boeing 747s.

In 2009 the airport had 84,694 aircraft operations, average 230 per day: 57% general aviation, 22% air taxi, 11% air carrier and 10% military.[1]

The terminal was built in 1986 and designed by Foss Associates with Thompson Consultants.[5]

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[edit]

Hector International has 5 gates, numbered 1-5. Gates 1 and 2 are used by Delta. Gate 3 is used by American Airlines and Allegiant Air. Gate 4 is currently unused. Gate 5 is used by United Airlines.


Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: St. Petersburg/Clearwater
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Atlanta[6]
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver



Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of FAR
(September 2014 - August 2015)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 169,000 Delta
2 Chicago O'Hare, IL 89,000 American, United
3 Denver, CO 67,000 United
4 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 29,000 Allegiant
5 Salt Lake City, UT 23,000 Delta
6 Las Vegas, NV 22,000 Allegiant
7 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 17,000 American
8 Orlando-Sanford, FL 14,000 Allegiant
9 St. Petersburg/Clearwater,FL 5,000 Allegiant
10 Los Angeles, CA 4,000 Allegiant

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Fargo Airport, 1998 thru 2014[8]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 724,941 2000 465,636
2009 697,810 1999 445,744
2008 648,137 1998 384,205
2007 599,168 1997 406,912
2006 609,731
2005 549,209
2014 894,426 2004 506,650
2013 797,125 2003 508,534
2012 728,799 2002 484,068
2011 699,549 2001 434,332

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