New study shows Rochester International Airport contributes $190 million annually to local economy

State of MN Econ Study

Rochester, MN (February 26, 2020) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently released the Minnesota Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study. The study shows that public airports like Rochester International Airport (RST) are significant contributors to statewide and local economies.

“We are excited to share the study results demonstrating Rochester International Airport’s substantial economic benefits to our region,” said John Reed, executive director. “RST is a strong economic cornerstone allowing the movement of people and commerce in and out of our community.”

Other findings of the study show RST has the following economic contributions:

  • Generates $190 million in annual economic activity
  • Supports more than 1,600 jobs and more than $63 million in annual payroll
  • Generates $127 million in annual spending and $9.2 million in state and local tax revenue
  • Supports air ambulances essential to medical services
  • Provides essential infrastructure needed for air cargo and connecting regional companies to national and international markets or suppliers
  • Provides economic efficiencies that bring competitive advantages that help businesses create jobs that support the regional economy

The study was commissioned by MnDOT in 2019 to measure the annual economic impact provided by 126 of Minnesota’s 133 public airports, most of them located in Greater Minnesota. The 2019 MnDOT study also includes data from two separate Metropolitan Airports Commission studies, which researched seven public airports located in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Together, the 133 airports make up Minnesota’s public airport system.

To learn more about the Minnesota Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, download fact sheets for any of the 126 airports studied including Rochester International Airport, or get other information about Minnesota public airports, visit mndot.gov/airport-economic-study.

Rochester International Airport

Rochester International Airport (RST) is owned by the City of Rochester and operated by the Rochester Airport Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mayo Clinic. The Rochester International Airport is served daily by United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which collectively offer 13 flights each day to Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis. RST accommodates over 370,000 passengers annually, providing air service to Southeast MN and border regions of Iowa and Wisconsin. Stay connected to RST at FlyRST.com and on Facebook /RochesterAirport and Twitter @flyrst.

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Rochester International Airport Media contact:

Tiana O’Connor

toconnor@flyrst.com

507-282-2328 ext. 6

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RST is always happy to welcome @MayoClinic patients to Rochester!

Fly into RST and you will know you have arrived in Med City. And it's easy to get from here to your medical care. In fact, you’re just 15 minutes from your next appointment!

Learn more at https://flyrst.com/mayoclinic/

Check out the new pieces just added to the #ArtsElevatedRST Gallery! Be sure to arrive a bit early to soak up some local culture before your next trip!

Support local art and find your peace of mind at https://flyrst.com/arts/

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The Gehloff family was treated to a Disney World trip from Kids Dreams Come True. The RST @Delta team invited the kids to the cockpit and gave a special welcome. Kylar lives w medical issues and his family was deserving of this trip to relax and make memories together! #RSTCares

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