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Hector International Airport

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Hector International Airport (IATA: FAR, ICAO: KFAR, FAA LID: FAR) is a civil-military public airport three miles (5 km) northwest of Fargo, in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. The busiest airport in North Dakota, it is owned by the City of Fargo Municipal Airport Authority.[1] Fargo Air National Guard Base is located adjacent to the airport.

Hector International Airport
Hector International Airport Logo.svg
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2006 USGS Orthophoto
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerMunicipal Airport Authority of the City of Fargo
OperatorMunicipal Airport Authority
ServesFargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota
LocationFargo, North Dakota
Elevation AMSL901 ft / 275 m
Coordinates46°55′14″N 096°48′56″W / 46.92056°N 96.81556°W / 46.92056; -96.81556
Websitewww.FargoAirport.com
Map
FAR is located in North Dakota
FAR
FAR
Location of airport in North Dakota / United States
FAR is located in the United States
FAR
FAR
FAR (the 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 (2018)80,206
Based aircraft (2017)190
Total Passengers (2018)843,582
Source: FAA[1] and Hector International Airport[2]

The airport was named after Martin Hector, who first leased, and then donated the original 50 acres of land to the city.[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 Mason City, Iowa, killing the 3 musicians and the pilot.

In 2018, 843,582 passengers passed through Hector International Airport, a 7.1% increase from 787,927 passengers in 2017. The airport saw 80,206 total aircraft operations in 2018, a 5.8% decrease from 85,135 operations in 2017.[4]

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Facilities and aircraftEdit

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 the airport: 119 single-engine, 42 multi-engine, 20 jet, 5 helicopter and 4 ultralight.[1]

The current 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 began in October 2006. The $15.5 million project designed by TL Stroh Architects updated the terminal and added a fifth gate, an additional baggage claim and expanded the security checkpoint area. TSA PreCheck was added in 2014.[6]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from FAR
(May 2018 – April 2019)
[9]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1   Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 161,890 Delta
2   Chicago–O'Hare, IL 80,500 American, United
3   Denver, CO 72,010 Frontier, United
4   Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 40,650 American
5   Phoenix–Mesa, AZ 38,770 Allegiant
6   Las Vegas, NV 23,390 Allegiant
7   Orlando–Sanford, FL 10,860 Allegiant
8   Los Angeles, CA 2,720 Allegiant
9   Atlanta, GA 1,650 Delta

Annual trafficEdit

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Fargo Airport, 1998 thru 2018[10]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
1997 406,912 2008 648,137
1998 384,205 2009 697,810
1999 445,744 2010 724,941
2000 465,636 2011 699,549
2001 434,332 2012 728,799
2002 484,068 2013 797,125
2003 508,534 2014 894,426
2004 506,650 2015 858,982
2005 549,209 2016 789,182
2006 609,731 2017 787,927
2007 599,168 2018 843,582

Commercial Airline Market ShareEdit

Airline Market Share (As of April 2019)[11]
Rank Carrier Passengers YTD Share
1 Delta 113,363 37%
2 United 67,405 22%
3 Allegiant 64,341 21%
4 American 52,085 17%
5 Frontier 12,255 4%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 2018 – Monthly Statistics". Hector International Airport. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Progressive architecture. Berkeley: Reinhold. 68 (1–3). 1987. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "TSA Pre✓® expands to Hector International Airport". Transportation Security Administration. November 5, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "American adds more winter flights to Phoenix".
  8. ^ "Frontier Airlines to add 4 new routes from Phoenix including San Diego".
  9. ^ "OST_R - BTS - Transtats". www.transtats.bts.gov.
  10. ^ "December & Year End 2018 – Monthly Statistics". Hector International Airport. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Fargo Airport Statistics, [1]. Accessed May 20, 2019

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