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Airport Fact Sheet

December 20, 2010

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Airport History/Ownership

The Rochester International Airport dates back to 1928, when the Mayo Foundation founded it as a way to get patients from far-flung locations to Mayo Clinic.  Over the years, the airport has seen growth as a result of new businesses in the city, as well as Mayo Clinic and IBM traffic.  In 1945, the Mayo Foundation gave the airport to the City of Rochester, but continued to oversee the facility through an operating agreement.  A Mayo Foundation subsidiary, the Rochester Airport Company, continues to operate the airport for Rochester.


Rochester International Airport is located eight miles south of downtown Rochester and is accessible via Highway 63 or Interstate 90.  Taxis and airport shuttle provide service between the airport and the city's business centers.


The airport features two runways and service terminals operated by American Airlines and Delta Airlines.  A large FedEx terminal, small DHL station and general aviation terminal are also onsite.


The airport services flights from all over the world connected through American Eagle (American Airlines) and Delta Airlines.  In addition, Rochester International Airport accommodates many types of private aircraft or air ambulance services.  Between the two carriers, Rochester's residents and visitors are connected with direct flights to cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul daily.


The Rochester International Airport is an active part of the Rochester community and employs approximately 600 residents.

Minneapolis — St. Paul International Airport

Just 90 minutes north of Rochester is the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (MSP), which offers Rochester guests additional flight options.  Shuttles between Rochester and the MSP airport are available seven days a week with Go Rochester Direct shuttle service.  Vans pick up and deliver passengers at the MSP airport or the Mall of America, and can connect them to most Rochester hotels.


For more information, please contact Mary Gastner at 800-634-8277 or or visit