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Minnesota Airports

What are Major Airports in Minnesota?

There are eight Minnesota airports that offer commercial flights. More than 95% of all air traffic in the state is concentrated at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), which has the most travelers per year (18.3 million, while the total traffic from all the Minnesota airports is 18.7 million) and is also the biggest airport in the state. It has 84.22% on-time arrival performance compared to 79.99% in the U.S. The on-time departure performance is 84.98% compared to 81.56% in the U.S. The smallest one is Thief River Falls Regional Airport (TVF), with 4805 travelers per year. In total, in the state, you can find 156 airports for public use.

The state is a very sought-after landing-place, so airports in Minnesota see a high volume of air traffic every year, contributing 2.1% to the total traffic of the U.S.

List of Airports in Minnesota

  • 1. Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (also referred to as Wold-Chamberlain Field) (MSP). The airport serves general and military aviation. Being the largest one among the Minnesota airports, it earns $15.9 billion per year. The airport is also a large hub for Delta Air Lines and functions as the home airport for Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines.
  • 2. Rochester International Airport (RST). It’s one of the busiest airports in Minnesota. It’s mostly served by Sun Country Airlines. Being a small hub airport, it welcomes approximately 120 flights per day and has 19 non-stop destinations.
  • 3. Duluth International Airport (DLH). This city-owned airport is designed for public use and is mostly used for general aviation (79%). Minneapolis is the busiest domestic route from the DLH (36 thousand passengers in 2020). A greater number of flights are served by Delta Air Lines.
  • 4. Bemidji Regional Airport (BJI). This general aviation airport is owned by Beltrami County. Because it is small, it only has 36 flight operations per day on average. In 2020, it had nearly 32 thousand passengers. Most flights are served by SkyWest Airlines.
  • 5. Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD). This public-use airport is mostly meant for general aviation. It’s one of the smallest airports in Minnesota, having around 10 thousand enplanements per year.

Airlines Which Fly to Minnesota

The small hub and non-hub MN airports are served by such airlines as American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, and Allegiant Air. The others work with SkyWest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, and others.


Flight searches on the web are a good way to find what are the most popular destinations at the major airports in Minnesota. The leader is Minneapolis (94%). Rochester (3%) and Duluth (2%) also appear to be popular landing-places.

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization founded to honor living and passed away aviation pioneers who have made essential contributions to the development and advancement of aviation in the state. It preserves biographical docs (interview tapes, photos, etc.) on all famous state’s aviation figures. All these collected archival materials are essential for researching the lives of honored Minnesota aviation personalities. You can see the replicas of the award plaques received by Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame inductees in the Wings of the North aviation museum.