Rochester International Airport is a nonhub primary airport located seven miles (11 km) southwest of the central business district of Rochester, a city in Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States. It is the second busiest airport in Minnesota. It is sometimes called “Rochester Municipal Airport”, which was its name before adding customs and immigration facilities in 1995.
The airport covers 2,400 acres (971 ha) and has two runways: a 9,033 x 150 ft (2,743 x 46 m) concrete primary runway (13-31) and a 7,300 x 150 ft (2,225 x 46 m) concrete secondary runway (02-20).
Commercial air service is provided by American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, and Allegiant Air. The airport also has a large FedEx Express terminal, a small ABX Air station, as well as a general aviation terminal.
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
The original Rochester International Airport was founded in 1928 by the Mayo Foundation as a way to get patients from far-flung locations to the Mayo Clinic. It originally was located in what is now southeast Rochester and occupied 285 acres (1.2 km²). The following year, ‘Rochester Airport’ was officially dedicated, and the Rochester Airport Company was founded as a subsidiary of the Mayo Foundation. Northwest Airlines began running Ford Trimotors to Rochester from its hub in St. Paul. Rochester was one of the first destinations from the Twin Cities in Northwest Airlines history, behind Chicago, Winnipeg, Green Bay, and Fargo.
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 1,317 ft.
Runway length available: 02/20 7300×150 ft. :: 13/31 9033×150 ft.