Get to Know RST
Passenger Air Service
The Rochester International Airport (RST) is served by three air carriers who collectively offer flights daily to Chicago and Minneapolis transporting over 180,000 passengers each year, providing air service to Southeast MN and border regions of Iowa and Wisconsin.
As an economic engine in our region, the Rochester International Airport plays a significant role in economic development providing excellent air service to three major hubs and beyond to anywhere in the world.
The airport provides an impressive annual economic impact for the region of $190 million in economic activity, 1,624 jobs, and $63 million in annual payroll.
Air Service Development
The goal of the air service development is to maintain existing air service levels while consistently striving to add more flights and nonstop destinations. This goal is achieved through continuous marketplace analysis of current and potential routes, examination of the Southeastern Minnesota regional customer base, and teaming with community partners in order to present the best business case possible to new and existing air carriers.
Air service recruitment cannot be achieved by the airport alone. Business commitment to utilizing the local airport is vital. Learn more about our Fly Local initiative.
Read an overview of the activity at Rochester International Airport in recent Annual Reports:
Rochester International Airport is owned by the City of Rochester and operated by the Rochester Airport Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mayo Clinic.
The Airport Commission is made up of at least five members, including the Mayor of Rochester, the Director of Public Works or appointee, the President of the City Council, a Mayo Clinic Representative, and the Airport Director.
Airport Commission Members:
- Kim Norton, Mayor, City of Rochester
- Alison Zelms, City Administrator
- Dillon Dombrovski, Public Works, City of Rochester
- Brooke Carlson, City Council President
- Brent Carlsen, Attorney City of Rochester
- Adam Horst, Mayo Clinic
- John Reed, Executive Director, Rochester International Airport
Rochester Airport Company Board / Mayo Clinic Leadership
Rochester Airport Company oversight is conducted by a governing board comprised of Mayo Clinic staff.
- John Poe, President
- Erin Sexton, Vice President
- Tripp Welch, Secretary
- Adam Horst, Treasurer
- Doug Holtan
- Mary Jo Williamson
- John Reed
Rochester Airport Company Staff
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 Airport Company employs 25 full-time staff in the Administration, Maintenance, and Fire Departments.