Get to Know RST

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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.


Annual Report

Read an overview of the activity at Rochester International Airport in recent Annual Reports:

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

Our Team

Rochester International Airport is owned by the City of Rochester and operated by the Rochester Airport Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mayo Clinic.

Airport Commission

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.

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What a success! 🦅✈️ The Rochester Young Eagle program recently landed at RST, giving youth the chance to take free introductory flights into the world of aviation!Our volunteer pilots guided the young eagles through how airplanes work and explored aeronautical maps. Each student enjoyed a 15 to 20-minute flight, following basic flight patterns. It was a great way to let their dreams take flight! 🚀✨We loved seeing their excitement! #FLYRST #FlyLocal #✅fiRST #rochestermn ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re proud to have the support of local businesses like Knutson Construction who have committed to choosing RST for their upcoming business trips. Our recent conversations with Knutson not only reinforced their dedication to #FlyLocal but also opened up new opportunities for them to consider RST for their personal travel needs.Knutson has shown remarkable resilience and support through the surprises of the past few years, and we’re excited to continue serving them and our community. ✈️ Will you join us and ⬇️☝️ Check RST first✌️ Adopt a #FlyLocal policy#FlyLocal #RST #✅fiRST #RochesterMN ... See MoreSee Less
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