Rochester International Airport

Airport Code RST

Rochester Airport

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An airport is a unique, dynamic environment that appeals to people of all ages. With this in mind the Rochester Airport Company offers tours to interested groups and individuals.

All Tours must be arranged through Airport Operations. Requests for tours must be made at least one week prior to the date you would like to tour the facility. Walk In requests for airport tours will not be accommodated.

The following guidelines apply to all airport tours:

1. All individuals in the tour group (or individuals) must be at least 6 years old. For school related tours the Rochester International Airport only accepts class tours for grades 1-12 (Sorry, no kindergartners).
2. Groups can be no larger than 40 people (including chaperones).
3. All tours last approximately 1 hour but please leave some flexibility in your scheduling.
4. Airports are a noisy environment. If you or anyone in your group has hearing related health problems they are discouraged from attending the tour. If they wish to attend the tour hearing protection is encouraged but will not be provided by the airport.



In 1991, the Federal Aviation Administration began allowing airport to levy a Passenger Facility Charge of $3.00 per passenger boarding an airplane to assist in funding specific capital improvements at the individual airport imposing this charge. Rochester International Airport waited until 1996 before determining that this additional source of revenue was needed for planned airport improvements. In 2002, this amount was increased to $4.50 per enplaned passenger in accordance with a revision to the federal regulation. This level of collection will remain the same for this PFC application.

These funds have paid the local share of such major improvements as: renovation and expansion of the public passenger terminal, security upgrades, safety equipment purchases and snow removal equipment purchases.

It is the airport’s intent to submit a new application to recover the local costs of the projects detailed below. To the maximum extent possible, PFC’s are being used to restore the local funds which allow for the continued development of the airport. In addition, the airport is looking to fund a remodeling project of the public passenger terminal to include new carpet, new seating and remodeling the ticket counters for the airlines. The airport deems these projects very important to economic growth of the City of Rochester and the surrounding communities.

The airport will continue to exempt operators of non-scheduled air taxis and small charter aircraft from collecting a PFC. These categories of operators would be difficult and costly to monitor and represent less than 1% of the total airport enplanements.

It is anticipated that this application will be effective August 1, 2010 or concurrent with expiration of the existing collection authority. It is anticipated that this new collection authority will expire on November 1, 2014. The total amount of collection authority requested under this application is $3,315,298.63.

A summary of all projects included in this application are included. If you have any questions regarding this program, or would like to comment on it, please click the contact button below.


Rochester International Airport (RST) is embarking on a major update to the key airport guiding document, the Airport Master Plan. The Plan is already underway, the first phase of which is complete. Phase I included the identification of existing conditions, the environmental setting, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved forecast of aviation demand for the 20-year planning period. Phase II will complete the study and define the needs, alternatives, implementation plan, and documentation for the same 20-year period. An additional element will provide an assessment of the Airport’s economic impact to the region.

The Airport Master Plan Update is sponsored by the City of Rochester and funded by the Airport in conjunction with grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Minnesota DOT (MN/DOT) Office of Aeronautics. The Consulting Team is comprised of Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc., who will manage the project, along with the Rochester-based McGhie and Betts Transportation Services Inc.

As part of the public coordination process, two committees have been formed to provide input and guide the Airport and Consultant Team during the project. In addition, at least two public workshops will be held to inform the community about the project and to receive input at key decision points. The two advisory committess, each with a composition that provides different perspectives from the various groups the members represent will meet periodically over the next year.

There is a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) that is comprised of representatives of various policy setting and governmental entities in the local area. The PAC will provide the Master Plan Team with guidance on visioning and will report back to their various constituencies regarding the activities of the committee and the key issues addressed in the master plan update project. There is also a Technical Advisory committee (TAC) that is comprised of members who have specific relevant technical knowledge, experience regarding the Airport, and/or experience in the planning process. This includes planning staff from the City of Rochester/Olmsted County, other surrounding jurisdictions and commissions, Mn/DOT Aeronautics, Federal Aviation Administration, as well as representative airport tenants, users, and stakeholders. The TAC will provide to the Airport and Consulting Team valuable guidance on technical matters and provide access to useful data, including critical information regarding how the Airport’s plans interrelate with other long range planning initiatives.

Please visit this page periodically to keep abreast of the progress and to offer comments on this key planning project at RST.

The general format of the airport master plan, and the procedures used to reach its final goals, are detailed in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5070-6 (current version).


The Rochester Airport Company supports a diverse workforce capable of operating and maintaining all aspects of the airport. Employees pride themselves on meeting extraordinary standards of professionalism. The Rochester Airport Company rewards this commitment with competitive wages, excellent benefits and the opportunity for advancement.

The Rochester Airport Company accepts applications and resumes continuously. If you are applying for a position listed below please follow the submission guidelines. Some positions will not permit resumes and/or applications to be submitted in person. If you are submitting an application when open positions are not listed below please submit your resume and/or application to Airport Administration, located on the second floor of the passenger terminal or mail resumes and/or completed applications to:

Rochester International Airport
Attn: Human Resources
7600 Helgerson Drive SW
Rochester, Minnesota 55902




Mr. Ardelle Brede, Mayor, City of Rochester Airport Company
Mr. Doug Nelson, Public Works, City of Rochester
Mr. Dennis Hanson, City Council President, City of Rochester Airport Company
Mr. Mark Warner, MD (or appointed Mayo Clinic Representative)
Mr. Steven Leqve, Airport Manager, Rochester International Airport



  • The airport was originally founded in Southeast Rochester.
  • 285 acres.
  • Owned and operated by the Mayo Foundation.


  • Officially dedicated field as ‘Rochester Airport’.
  • Rochester Airport Company founded (subsidiary of Mayo Foundation).


  • Rochester airport company improved facility.
  • Paved runways.
  • Acquired 85 additional acres (370 acres).


  • Mayo Foundation gave the airport to the city of Rochester because as a private corporation, Mayo wasn’t eligible for Federal Grants.
  • Rochester airport Company (Mayo) continued to operate the airport under an operating agreement with the City of Rochester.


  • Airport officially named ‘Lobb Field’.


  • Airport was moved to its present location and called ‘Rochester Municipal Airport’.
  • Rochester Airport company continues to operate the airport under an operating agreement with the city of Rochester.


  • Renamed Rochester International Airport with addition of U.S. Customs.


  • Approximately 2,300 acres.
  • 2 major air carriers with scheduled daily service (American Eagle and Delta).
  • Allegiant Air with scheduled service two times per week.
  • 1 major cargo carrier with scheduled services.
  • Continued growth with on airport development.
  • The Rochester Airport Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mayo Clinic – Rochester, continues to operate the airport for the City of Rochester.