Hector International Airport
|Hector International Airport|
2006 USGS Orthophoto
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|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||901 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 2016, 789,182 passengers passed through Hector International Airport, an 8% decrease from 858,982 passengers in 2015. This was the third busiest year on record at Hector International.
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.
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2016, the airport had 66,516 aircraft operations, average 182 per day: 63% general aviation, 27% air taxi, 6% air carrier and 4% military. In May 2017, there were 190 aircraft based at this airport: 119 single-engine, 42 multi-engine, 20 jet, 5 helicopter and 4 ultralight. 
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
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. Gates 4 and 5 are used by United Airlines.
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
|American Eagle||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Air Lines||Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Delta Connection||Minneapolis/St. Paul
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver|
|Alpine Air Express||Sioux Falls|
|Encore Air Cargo||Sioux Falls|
|FedEx Express||Appleton, Memphis|
operated by Corporate Air
|Bismarck, Dickinson, Thief River Falls, Williston, Winnipeg|
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
|1||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN||163,490||Delta|
|2||Chicago O'Hare, IL||80,490||American, United|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||27,170||American|
|6||Las Vegas, NV||21,740||Allegiant|
|8||Los Angeles, CA||2,730||Allegiant|
- FAA Airport Master Record for FAR ( PDF), effective May 25, 2017
- Hector International Airport, official web site
- "Hector Field History". Municipal Airport Authority. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006.
- "December & Year End 2016 – Monthly Statistics". Hector International Airport. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- Progressive architecture. Berkeley: Reinhold. 68 (1–3). 1987. Missing or empty
- News and Statistics. Retrieved on Apr 3, 2015.
- Official airport website
- (PDF), effective August 17, 2017
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