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 / 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 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 2015, passenger counts totaled 858,982. [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. Gates 4 and 5 are used by United Airlines.


Airlines Destinations
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
Seasonal: Atlanta[6]
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver


Airline Destinations
Alpine Air Thief River Falls
Encore Air Cargo Sioux Falls
FedEx Express Memphis (Scheduled to begin by October 30, 2016)
FedEx Feeder operated by Corporate Air Bemidji, Bismarck, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Minot, Thief River Falls, Williston (Scheduled to begin by October 30, 2016)
FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo Minot (Scheduled to begin by October 30, 2016)
Martinaire Sioux Falls


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of FAR
(Jul 2015 - Jun 2016)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 169,000 Delta
2 Chicago O'Hare, IL 82,000 American, United
3 Denver, CO 52,000 United
4 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 29,000 Allegiant
5 Las Vegas, NV 22,000 Allegiant
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 20,000 American
7 Orlando-Sanford, FL 13,000 Allegiant
8 Salt Lake City, UT 7,000 Delta
9 St. Petersburg/Clearwater,FL 3,000 Allegiant
9 Los Angeles, CA 3,000 Allegiant

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Fargo Airport, 1998 thru 2015[8]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
1997 406,912 2007 599,168
1998 384,205 2008 648,137
1999 445,744 2009 697,810
2000 465,636 2010 724,941
2001 434,332 2011 699,549
2002 484,068 2012 728,799
2003 508,534 2013 797,125
2004 506,650 2014 894,426
2005 549,209 2015 858,982
2006 609,731

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