Minot International Airport

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Minot International Airport
Minot International Airport Logo.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Minot
ServesMinot, North Dakota
Elevation AMSL1,716 ft / 523 m
Coordinates48°15′28″N 101°16′41″W / 48.25778°N 101.27806°W / 48.25778; -101.27806Coordinates: 48°15′28″N 101°16′41″W / 48.25778°N 101.27806°W / 48.25778; -101.27806
MOT is located in North Dakota
Location in North Dakota / United States
MOT is located in the United States
MOT (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 7,700 2,347 Concrete
8/26 6,351 1,936 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations49,156
Based aircraft127

Minot International Airport (IATA: MOT[2], ICAO: KMOT, FAA LID: MOT) is in Ward County, North Dakota, two miles north of the city of Minot,[1] which owns it.[1] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3]

MOT currently handles between ten and fifteen commercial flights a day from three airlines, as well as various charters and general aviation traffic. For many years Northwest Airlines, followed by Delta Air Lines, was the airport's sole commercial carrier but an economic and population boom have resulted in other carriers adding flights as well. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Airlines currently offer flights to Minneapolis, Denver, and Phoenix/Mesa and Las Vegas, respectively. Minot International has no scheduled passenger airline service out of the country, but receives its international title (like many other airports) because of its customs service. Customs service is available for aircraft arriving from Canada and other countries. The TSA fully searches all passengers and carry-on luggage prior to boarding, rather than using a selective process as is the case at major airports.

Delta Air Lines operates up to six daily flights to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. All are on Delta Connection to Minneapolis. Delta Air Lines commands the largest percentage of MOT travelers.

United Airlines became Minot's second largest airline in 2010. It currently operates four daily flights to Denver International Airport. United also flies multiple weekly charters to Houston, Texas. Flight 2610 goes from Houston to Minot and Flight 2611 goes from Minot to Houston.

Allegiant Airlines became the airport's third airline in 2010, with flights to Las Vegas. Allegiant then added service to Phoenix-Mesa as well. The number of flights to each destinations fluctuates.

Frontier Airlines became the airport's fourth airline in 2012 with four flights per week to Denver International Airport. The original Frontier Airlines served Minot, on a route that connected it with Saskatoon, Regina and Denver, prior to that airline's bankruptcy and halting of operations in 1986. Though passenger loads were high, Frontier discontinued service from Minot in 2015 due to restructuring of the airline.[4]


Minot International Airport covers 1,563 acres (633 ha) at an elevation of 1,716 feet (523 m). It has two runways: 13/31 is 7,700 by 150 feet (2,347 x 46 m) concrete and 8/26 is 6,351 by 100 feet (1,936 x 30 m) asphalt.[1]

Avflight is the Fixed Based Operator at the airport offering a 24 hour fueling station for quick turns and efficient technology stops. Other services include: catering, Customs, international garbage disposal, and rental cars. https://www.avflight.com/Network/KMOT

Minot Aero Center is a maintenance business at the airport, offering flight training, maintenance and general aircraft services. www.minotaerocenter.com

In the year ending June 30, 2012 the airport had 49,156 aircraft operations, average 134 per day: 62% general aviation, 14% airline, 13% military, and 10% air taxi. 127 aircraft were then based at this airport: 92% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, 2% jet, and 1% helicopter.[5]

In 2013 aircraft operations dropped to 32,023 for the fiscal year. Itinerant general aviation operations is still the highest percentage of operations with 10,429. Air carrier is at 6,825 and air taxi is at 5,201. Finally, for itinerant operations, military made up 283. Local operations include 6,898 civil and 2,387 military operations. Based aircraft has dropped to 112 housed aircraft.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa[7]
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul[8]
United Express Denver[9]


Top domestic destinations from MOT.
(Sep 2016 - Aug 2017)
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) 77,000 Delta Connection
2 Denver International (DEN) 29,000 United Express
3 Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) 18,000 Allegiant
4 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (AZA) 17,000 Allegiant

Growth and future[edit]

Usage statistics[11]
Year Total
2009 66,771 Steady
2010 90,823 Increase36.0%
2011 150,450 Increase65.7%
2012 [12] 224,400 Increase49.2%
2013 [13] 222,083 Decrease1.03%

Minot's growth in population and economy, along with the enormous influx of workers and residents due to the Bakken oil boom in western North Dakota, have increased air passenger numbers tremendously. Though Minot is the fourth largest city in North Dakota, the airport is now the third-busiest.[14] While the airport is only twenty years old, it was designed for roughly 100,000 passengers.[15] This has put strain on airport infrastructure and resulted in makeshift changes such as temporary long term parking, additional hold-room areas, and other similar measures.

Minot's current situation and forecasted growth over the next twenty years warranted a study to identify alternatives to deal with that growth. Ultimately it was decided that the best option was a new terminal to be built directly east of the former terminal, which opened in the late 1980s. Design of the new terminal building was completed in May 2013, and included four to six gates, room for up to four car rental companies, additional restaurant space, additional check in areas for future new airlines, and greatly expanded parking facilities for short term, long term, and rental car parking.[citation needed]

Growing passenger numbers, parking issues, and the possibilities of new airlines and destinations made a new terminal at Minot International Airport a top priority. The projected $40 million terminal joined a list of other major improvements over the next three years which include additional apron, a new taxiway, a new Snow Removal Equipment building, additional parking and a new access road, with total investment around $98 million to cope with increased traffic.[15]

The 121,000-square-foot (11,200 m2) new terminal, four times the size of its predecessor, opened on February 29, 2016.[16]

The old terminal building was demolished in November 2016, after the city of Minot voted to demolish the structure after the new terminal was completed. There is no definite plan for the area after the demolition, but the city is considering a car rental facility as a front runner to be built in the old terminal's place.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MOT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (MOT: Minot International)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "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 September 27, 2012. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Frontier Airlines discontinuing service in Minot". The Washingtion Times.
  5. ^ name="FAA"
  6. ^ name="http://aspm.faa.gov/opsnet/sys/Airport.asp"
  7. ^ "Allegiant Route Map". Allegiant Airlines.
  8. ^ "Delta Route Map". Delta Air Lines.
  9. ^ "United Route Map". United Airlines.
  10. ^ "Minot, ND: Minot International (MOT)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "About the Airport: Fast Facts". Minot International Airport.
  12. ^ "N.D. airport boardings soar along with needs". Grand Forks Herald. July 22, 2012. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013.
  13. ^ "DECEMBER AND TOTAL 2013 AIRPORT BOARDINGS-ND RECORDS SET". Northern Plains Stats. January 17, 2014.
  14. ^ "New Minot Airport Terminal Survey Complete". KFYR-TV. May 18, 2012. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Airport's expansion needs get more pressing". Minot Daily News. May 1, 2012.
  16. ^ Norstrom, Robert (March 2016). "New terminal at Minot Int'l dramatically increases capacity & prepares community for future". Airport Improvement. Retrieved June 19, 2018.

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