Get to Know RST
Passenger Air Service
The Rochester International Airport (RST) is served by three air carriers who collectively offer flights daily to Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Sun Country offers seasonal service to Phoenix and Fort Myers, FL. Rochester International Airport transports over 370,000 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 dollars in economic activity, 1,624 jobs, and $63 million dollars 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 market place 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 utilize the local airport is key. Learn more about our Fly Local initiative.
Read an overview of the activity at Rochester International Airport in the RST 2020 Annual Report.
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, made up of at least five members, including the Mayor of Rochester, Director of Public Works or appointee, President of the City Council, Mayo Clinic Representative and the Airport Director.
Airport Commission Members:
- Kim Norton, Mayor, City of Rochester
- Steven Rymer, City Administrator
- Dillon Dombrovski, Public Works, City of Rochester
- Randy Staver, City Council President
- Timothy Geisler (or appointed Mayo Clinic Representative)
- John Reed, Executive Director, Rochester International Airport
Rochester Airport Company Board / Mayo Leadership
Rochester Airport Company oversight is conducted by a governing board comprised of Mayo Clinic staff.
Rochester Airport Company Staff
The Rochester Airport Company manages and operates the Rochester International Airport. Rochester International Airport is under the direct leadership of the Airport Director, Mr. John Reed. The Rochester Airport currently employs 22 full-time staff in the Administration, Maintenance, and Fire Departments.