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Sioux Falls Regional Airport

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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.

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 United States
FSD (the United States)
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 (2017)
Aircraft operations73,221
Based aircraft111
Sources: Airport website,[1] FAA[2]
Runway layout at FSD

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 aircraftEdit

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]

The terminal has 7 gates, all equipped with loading bridges. Five gates can accommodate up to a Airbus 320 Family or Boeing 737 Family size aircraft while gate number 5 can accommodate up to a Boeing 757 and gate number 2 can only accommodate a CRJ 200 or ERJ-145[4]. CBP facilities exist for general aviation and cargo use, but large charter and scheduled passenger are not accepted[4].

For a 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 73,221 aircraft operations, an average of 201 per day: 38% air taxi, 39% general aviation, 16% scheduled commercial and 7% 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[5] 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 destinationsEdit

The airport provides service to 11 destinations across the United States.

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Sanford/Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Punta Gorda (FL) (begins November 15, 2019)
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor[6]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul
Frontier AirlinesDenver
United Airlines Denver
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver

Map of destinationsEdit

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


Top destinationsEdit

Top domestic destinations from FSD
(May 2018 – April 2019)
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1   Minneapolis–Saint Paul International (MSP) 132,310 Delta
2   Denver International (DEN) 110,800 Frontier, United
3   Chicago–O'Hare International (ORD) 104,900 American, United
4   Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) 41,610 American
5   Phoenix–Mesa Gateway (AZA) 40,160 Allegiant
6   Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) 32,440 Delta
7   Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS) 27,970 Allegiant
8   Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) 18,420 American
9   Orlando Sanford International (SFB) 13,120 Allegiant
10   St. Pete–Clearwater International (PIE) 10,370 Allegiant

Airline statisticsEdit

Top airlines (May 2018 – April 2019)[7]
Rank Airline Passengers Market Share
1 SkyWest Airlines 280,000 26.11%
2 Allegiant Air 188,000 17.57%
3 Delta Air Lines 182,000 17.02%
4 Mesa Airlines 121,000 11.34%
5 United Airlines 69,150 6.46%
6 Other 230,000 21.51%



On March 8, 1972, two people died after a Cessna arriving from Fairmont, Minnesota hit power lines on final approach.[8]

On June 16, 1981, one person died and three people were injured after a single-engine Cessna experienced engine failure and crashed on takeoff.[8]

On November 30, 1982, two people died after a Cessna P210 crashed short of the runway at night in fog.[8]

On September 24, 1983, a modified ultralight aircraft crashed during an air show, killing its pilot and only occupant.[8]

On November 6, 1983, a Convair 580 operating for Republic Airways struck a bird on landing, which penetrated the windshield and hit the captain in the face. The first officer completed the landing without further incident.[9]

On December 20, 1983, Ozark Air Lines 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.[8]

On April 8, 2018, an Allegiant Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 arriving from Las Vegas overran the runway due to snow and ice. No passengers were injured.[10]

On December 25, 2018, a Beechcraft Baron, registered N6745V, crashed in southeast Sioux Falls while approaching runway 33. The pilot and one passenger died.[11][12][13]


  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. ^ a b "Airport Master Plan Update Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD)" (PDF). Sioux Falls Regional Airport.
  5. ^ "Airport renovation plan OK'd". Koch Hazard Architects. December 19, 2009.
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b "Sioux Falls, SD: Joe Foss Field (FSD)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. April 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e Ellis, Jonathan (December 27, 2018). "A history of fatal plane accidents in Sioux Falls". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  9. ^ "htmlReport". Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  10. ^ "Allegiant Air plane skids off snowy runway at South Dakota airport". CBS News. April 8, 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  11. ^ "N6745V (1980 BEECH 58P owned by MEYER VAUGHN) Aircraft Registration FlightAware". FlightAware. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  12. ^ Fugleberg, Jeremy; Nelson, Katie (December 26, 2018). "'I think we just lost an aircraft': Audio of air traffic controllers on night of Sioux Falls plane crash". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  13. ^ Sneve, Joe; Huber, Makenzie L; Raposa, Megan (2018-12-25). "Two dead after plane crashes into Sioux Falls neighborhood Christmas evening". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2019-06-13.

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