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 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.

 

Annual Report

Read an overview of the activity at Rochester International Airport in the RST 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, 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.

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On a stormy day in June, a dozen Delta Air Lines flights were diverted to RST that were destined for MSP. The RST Team stepped up and handled the busy evening flawlessly. The Delta team at RST was recently recognized with an award for Operational Excellence and Customer Service that busy night.We are so proud of our RST Team! #rstcares #FlyLocal ... See MoreSee Less
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We'll see you there! Stop by the FLY RST booth this evening to enter to win tickets on Sun Country Airlines! New flights start this winter to Phoenix and Fort Myers! ... See MoreSee Less
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Grant and his family departed on a trip to San Diego from RST with the help of Kids' Dreams Come True. The Dowling family was treated to a visit to the cockpit and @Delta swag. Upon hearing about this special trip, several passengers offered up their own seats and the Dowling family started their travels from RST in First Class! ✈️We are proud to have helped this family kick off their trip of a lifetime. 😍 ... See MoreSee Less
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On a stormy day in June a dozen @Delta flights were diverted to RST that (destined for MSP). The Delta team at RST was recognized with an award for Operational Excellence and Customer Service for stepping up that busy night!
We are so proud of our RST Team! #RSTCares #FlyLocal

Grant departed to San Diego from RST with the help of Kids Dreams Come True. The Dowling family visited the cockpit, got @Delta swag and traveled in First Class when fellow passengers traded seats! ✈️
We're proud to help this family kick off their trip of a lifetime. 😍 #RSTcares

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