Thief River Falls Regional Airport
|Thief River Falls Regional Airport|
|Owner||Thief River Falls Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Thief River Falls, Minnesota|
|Elevation AMSL||1,119 ft / 341 m|
Thief River Falls Regional Airport (IATA: TVF, ICAO: KTVF, FAA LID: TVF) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) south of the central business district of Thief River Falls, a city in Pennington County, Minnesota, United States. The airport is owned by the Thief River Falls Regional Airport Authority. It is mostly used for general aviation but is also served by one commercial airline subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 3,092 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 2,721 in 2009, and 2,479 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2008 (between 2,500 and 10,000 per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Thief River Falls Regional Airport covers an area of 916 acres (371 ha) at an elevation of 1,119 feet (341 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 13/31 is 6,504 by 150 feet (1,982 x 46 m) and 4/22 is 4,997 by 75 feet (1,523 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 31,273 aircraft operations, an average of 85 per day: 96% general aviation and 4% scheduled commercial. At that time 21 aircraft were based at this airport: 81% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, and 5% ultralight.
Airline and destination
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Boutique Air||Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|Great Lakes Airlines||
|1||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN||3,000||Boutique, Great Lakes|
|Alpine Air||Fargo, Sioux Falls|
|DHL operated by Encore Air Cargo||Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|FedEx Feeder operated by Corporate Air||Fargo|
|FedEx Feeder operated by IFL Group Air Cargo||Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|UPS Airlines operated by Bemidji Airlines||Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|UPS Airlines operated by IFL Group Air Cargo||Louisville, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
- FAA Airport Master Record for TVF ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in
- "Thief River Falls, MN: Thief River Falls Regional (TVF)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2001-10642) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-6-13 (June 15, 2005): selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink, an affiliate of Northwest Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2005, at an annual subsidy of $777,709 for Thief River Falls and a combined annual subsidy of $2,160,770 for Fort Dodge and Mason City.
- Order 2007-6-3 (June 6, 2007): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, to continue to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007. Service will consist of 18 round trips per week at Fort Dodge and Mason City, routed Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Paul, at the combined annual subsidy rate of $21,113,865. Service at Thief River Falls will consist of 12 one-stop round trips per week to Minneapolis/St. Paul at the annual subsidy rate of $1,065,639. All service will be provided with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft as Northwest Airlink.
- Order 2009-4-20 (April 28, 2009): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection, to continue providing subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Fort Dodge and Mason City, IA, and Thief River Falls, MN, for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2009, at the annual subsidy rates of $2,225,213 for Fort Dodge and Mason City, and $1,230,322 for Thief River Falls.
- Order 2011-11-30 (November 25, 2011): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at six communities at the following annual subsidy rates: Brainerd, Minnesota, $959,865; Fort Dodge, $1,798,693; Iron Mountain, $1,707,841; Mason City, $1,174,468; Thief River Falls, Minnesota, $1,881,815; and Watertown, $1,710,324, for the two-year period beginning when Great Lakes inaugurates full EAS at all six communities
- Order 2012-6-23 (June 26, 2012): establishing the effective period for the Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts awarded to Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., by Order 2011-11-30. ... The contracts will thus expire at the end of the 24-month period thereafter: May 31, 2014.
- Order 2014-4-17 (April 18, 2014): reselecting Great Lakes Aviation to provide EAS at Thief River Falls, Minnesota, using 19 (reconfigured to 9) passenger Beech1900D aircraft with non-stop service to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (Minneapolis) for 2 round trips each weekday and weekend (12 total per week), for the two-year term from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2016, for an annual subsidy of $2,428,750.
- Thief River Falls Regional Airport at City of Thief River Falls website
- "Thief River Falls Regional Airport" (PDF). (261 KB) from Minnesota DOT Airport Directory
- Aerial image as of April 1991 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TVF, effective April 27, 2017
- Resources for this airport: