Hector International Airport

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Hector International Airport
Hector International Airport Logo.svg
Hector International Airport - North Dakota.jpg
2006 USGS Orthophoto
Summary
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
Coordinates 46°55′14″N 096°48′56″W / 46.92056°N 96.81556°W / 46.92056; -96.81556
Website www.FargoAirport.com
Map
FAR is located in North Dakota
FAR
FAR
FAR is located in the US
FAR
FAR
Location of airport in North Dakota / United States
Runways
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
Aircraft operations (2016) 66,516
Based aircraft (2017) 190
Total Passengers (2016) 789,182
Source: FAA[1] and Hector International Airport[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 MQ-9 Reaper.

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.[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.

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. [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.

Passenger[edit]

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]
Frontier Airlines Denver (resumes May 15, 2018)[7]
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Alpine Air Express Sioux Falls
Encore Air Cargo Sioux Falls
FedEx Express Appleton, Memphis
FedEx Feeder
operated by Corporate Air
Bismarck, Dickinson, Thief River Falls, Williston, Winnipeg
FedEx Feeder
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
Minot
Martinaire Sioux Falls

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of FAR
(Feb 2016 - Jan 2017)
[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 163,490 Delta
2 Chicago O'Hare, IL 80,490 American, United
3 Denver, CO 52,620 United
4 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 31,790 Allegiant
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 27,170 American
6 Las Vegas, NV 21,740 Allegiant
7 Orlando-Sanford, FL 11,520 Allegiant
8 St. Petersburg/Clearwater,FL 2,840 Allegiant
8 Los Angeles, CA 2,730 Allegiant
10 Atlanta, GA 1,980 Delta

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Fargo Airport, 1998 thru 2016[9]
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 2016 789,182

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for FAR (Form 5010 PDF), effective May 25, 2017
  2. ^ Hector International Airport, official web site
  3. ^ "Hector Field History". Municipal Airport Authority. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. 
  4. ^ "December & Year End 2016 – Monthly Statistics". Hector International Airport. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Progressive architecture. Berkeley: Reinhold. 68 (1–3). 1987.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  6. ^ http://www.inforum.com/news/3839658-fargo-seattle-flights-get-500000-push-feds
  7. ^ http://fargoairport.com/fly-with-us/airlines/
  8. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=FAR&Airport_Name=Fargo,%20ND:%20Hector%20Field&carrier=FACTS
  9. ^ News and Statistics. Retrieved on Apr 3, 2015.

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