Sioux Falls Regional Airport

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Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Joe Foss Field
FSD logo.png
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Sioux Falls
OperatorSioux Falls Regional Airport Authority
ServesSioux Falls, South Dakota
Elevation AMSL1,430 ft / 436 m
Coordinates43°34′55″N 096°44′31″W / 43.58194°N 96.74194°W / 43.58194; -96.74194Coordinates: 43°34′55″N 096°44′31″W / 43.58194°N 96.74194°W / 43.58194; -96.74194
FSD is located in South Dakota
Location of airport in South Dakota/United States
FSD is located in the US
FSD (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 8,999 2,743 Concrete
15/33 8,000 2,438 Concrete
9/27 3,151 960 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Asphalt
Statistics (Jul 2015-Aug 2016)
Aircraft operations67,582
Based aircraft101
Sources: Airport website,[1] FAA[2]
Runway layout at FSD

Sioux Falls Regional Airport[1] (IATA: FSD[3], ICAO: KFSD, FAA LID: FSD), also known as Joe Foss Field,[2] is a public and military use airport owned by the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority and located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States.[2] Named in honor of aviator and Sioux Falls native Joe Foss, it serves the greater Sioux Falls area, as well as communities throughout eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 423,288 enplanements in calendar year 2011, an increase of 18.92% from 355,939 in 2010. Also located at the airport, Joe Foss Field Air National Guard Station is home to Headquarters, South Dakota Air National Guard and its 114th Fighter Wing (114 FW). The 114 FW is an Air Combat Command gained unit known as the "Fighting Lobos" and operates F-16C/D aircraft.

Although the South Dakota Adjutant General is based in Camp Rapid in Rapid City, South Dakota, the South Dakota Air National Guard is effectively headquartered with the 114 FW.[citation needed]


Sioux Falls Regional Airport was originally laid out and constructed on its present site as an airfield in 1937. In early 1942, at the height of the Second World War, the city approached the Federal Government and subsequently leased the airport and surrounding property to become the Sioux Falls Army Air Base. The major function of the base was the establishment of a radio operator training facility. Between 1942 and 1945, approximately 40,000 radio operators were trained in Sioux Falls. The base was also a logistical supply center and its grid of streets now make up a distinct industrial area just south of the present day airport. In 1946, the airport and surrounding land was transferred back to the city and the South Dakota Air National Guard was also established under the direction of future airport namesake Joe Foss. The Air National Guard Base portion of the airport is located south and west of the commercial and general aviation areas, north of Russell Street and has all the standard facilities of any small USAF installation except for family housing. The 114th's F-16C and F-16D aircraft are a frequent sight over the Sioux Falls area, conducting training flights and routine operations.

In 2005, Sioux Falls Regional Airport became one of the first airports in the country to de-federalize its workforce. Covenant Aviation Security previously provided baggage and passenger screening under contract with the Transportation Security Administration under the Screening Partnership Program. Currently the Trinity Technology Group provides security screening functions.[citation needed]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Joe Foss Field covers an area of 1,570 acres (635 ha) at an elevation of 1,430 feet (436 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with concrete surfaces: 3/21 is 8,999 by 150 feet (2,743 x 46 m), 15/33 is 8,000 by 150 feet (2,438 x 46 m), and 9/27 is 3,151 by 75 feet (960 x 23 m). It also has one helipad designated H1 with an asphalt surface measuring 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m).[2]

For a 12-month period ending March 31, 2012, the airport had 67,475 aircraft operations, an average of 184 per day: 43% air taxi, 38% general aviation, 10% scheduled commercial and 8% military. At that time there were 111 aircraft based at this airport: 49.5% single-engine, 31% multi-engine, 16% military and 4% jet.[2]


The Costello Terminal building was opened in 1970 and has undergone numerous renovations over the years including ones in 1990, 2003 & 2005.

Beginning in the spring of 2009, the Sioux Falls Regional Airport embarked on a major 3 phase multi-year, multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion project, designed by Koch Hazard Architects[4] to freshen up and update the look and feel of the airport as a whole. Projects included renovating and expanding the ticketing and check-in counter area, moving all TSA screening equipment behind the ticketing counters into a more secure location, renovating and relocating the ground floor gift shop, updating and renovating the concourse, adding a new business lounge, and renovating the restaurant in the upper concourse, installing 3 new jet bridges, and updating and reconfiguring the airport's parking operations. By 2012, these projects were successfully completed and more updates and improvements were announced. From March to October 2012, the terminals lower level restaurant was completely overhauled and renovated to become Wildcat Corner. Additionally, another long term parking lot was constructed due to high demand; and from August to September 2012, the airport was closed over a course of four weekends to almost all air traffic to allow a major runway intersection to be rebuilt. In 2014, work commenced on another major renovation project to replace the dated escalators with new ones and to open up and finish renovating the lobby of the terminal along with expanding the security checkpoint. Work also commenced on an onsite hotel the same year that is attached to the north end of the current terminal building. The hotel mainly caters to business travelers and has approximately 70 rooms.

Future short and long term projects envisioned for the airport include construction of additional holding aprons for aircraft at the end of each runway, continued pavement rehabilitation, completion of a west side access road, continued improvements to airport parking, a new control tower, new landing and updated navigational aids for all runways, additional land easements for flood control, runway safety zones, conservation efforts, an additional baggage carousel, a parking ramp and a new concourse.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport provides service to 11 destinations in the United States, equal to that of Rapid City Regional Airport on the opposite end of the state.

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Sanford/Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Los Angeles
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor[5]
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Frontier AirlinesDenver
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver

Map of destinations[edit]

Map of Destinations
All passenger destinations from Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD).
(Red) = Year-round Destination
(Green) = Seasonal Destination


Top destinations[edit]

Top domestic destinations from FSD
(September 2017 - August 2018)
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Minneapolis–Saint Paul International (MSP) 136,640 Delta
2 Denver International (DEN) 103,050 Frontier, United
3 Chicago–O'Hare International (ORD) 94,090 American, United
4 Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) 44,280 American
5 Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) 36,930 Allegiant
6 Phoenix–Mesa Gateway (AZA) 34,610 Allegiant
7 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) 29,460 Delta
8 Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) 19,200 American
9 Orlando Sanford International (SFB) 13,700 Allegiant
10 St. Pete–Clearwater International (PIE) 13,370 Allegiant

Airline statistics[edit]

Top airlines (Sep 2016 - Aug 2017)
Rank Airline Passengers Market Share
1 SkyWest Airlines 223,000 21.19%
2 Allegiant Air 190,000 18.03%
3 Delta Air Lines 175,000 16.62%
4 Envoy Air 98,780 9.38%
5 United Airlines 87,330 8.30%
6 Other 279,000 26.48%


Cargo airlines[edit]

Bemidji Airlines Jamestown
FedEx Feeder operated by CSA Air Aberdeen, Pierre
Encore Air Cargo Aberdeen, Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Pierre, Rapid City, Watertown, Williston, Winner
FedEx Express Indianapolis, Madison, Memphis
Martinaire Bismarck, Fargo, Thief River Falls
FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo Cedar Rapids, Indianapolis
UPS Airlines Calgary, Louisville


On December 20, 1983, Ozark Airlines Flight 650 struck a snow plow on the runway while landing, killing the driver of the snow plow.

On December 9, 2011, a Cessna 421-C aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff less than a mile from the airport into an open field. All 4 passengers on board were killed when the aircraft burst into flames upon crashing.

On April 8, 2018, an Allegiant Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 overran the runway due to snow and ice. No passengers were injured. The flight had originated at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.


  1. ^ a b Sioux Falls Regional Airport, official website
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for FSD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective February 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (FSD: Sioux Falls Regional / Jo Foss Fld)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "Airport renovation plan OK'd". Koch Hazard Architects. December 19, 2009.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Sioux Falls, SD: Joe Foss Field (FSD)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. August 2018.

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