Hector International Airport
2006 USGS Orthophoto
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Owner||Municipal Airport Authority of the City of Fargo|
|Operator||Municipal Airport Authority|
|Serves||Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota (Fargo-Moorhead)|
|Location||Fargo, North Dakota|
|Elevation AMSL||901 ft / 275 m|
Source: Hector International Airport
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.Fargo Air National Guard Base is located adjacent to the airport.
The airport was named after Martin Hector, who first leased, and then donated the original 50 acres of land to the city. 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 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 2019, 930,409 passengers passed through Hector International Airport, an 11.4% increase from 843,582 passengers in 2018. The airport saw 82,501 total aircraft operations in 2019, a 2.9% increase from 80,206 operations in 2018.
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). 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.
The current terminal was built in 1986 and designed by Foss Associates with Thompson Consultants.
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.
Planning for a passenger terminal expansion study began in late 2019. The airport plans to add additional boarding gates along with expanded concession areas.
|Allegiant Air|| Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa|
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando/Sanford
|American Eagle|| Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
Seasonal: Phoenix-Sky Harbor
|Delta Air Lines|| Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Delta Connection||Minneapolis/St. Paul|||
|Frontier Airlines||Seasonal: Denver, Phoenix-Sky Harbor|||
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver|||
|Alpine Air Express||Bismarck, Sioux Falls, Thief River Falls|
|Bemidji Airlines||Devils Lake, Morris|
|Encore Air Cargo||Bismarck, Dickinson, Jamestown, Minot, Sioux Falls, Thief River Falls, Williston|
|FedEx Express||Appleton, Chicago-O'Hare, Memphis|
|FedEx Feeder||Bemidji, Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, Thief River Falls, Williston, Winnipeg|
|Freight Runners Express||Bismarck, Thief River Falls|
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, Winnipeg|
|1||Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN||169,220||Delta|
|2||Chicago-O'Hare, IL||88,210||American, United|
|3||Denver, CO||79,030||Frontier, United|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||39,140||American|
|6||Las Vegas, NV||21,450||Allegiant|
|7||Phoenix-Sky Harbor, AZ||12,050||American, Frontier|
|9||Los Angeles, CA||3,030||Allegiant|
|1||Delta Air Lines||37%|