Business View Magazine | December 2018

174 175 REASONS TO FLY FARGO H ector International Airport is a civil-military, public airport locat- ed in north Fargo, in Cass County, North Dakota. The Airport’s history dates back to 1927, when Martin Hector, a local banker, leased a quarter section of land for a dollar a year. In 1931, he gifted the land to the City of Fargo with the stipula- tion that his name would always be as- sociated with the facility.Thus, the Airport was originally called Hector Field. In Feb- ruary of that same year, Northwest Airlines, which was founded at what now is the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, began its first passenger service to Fargo. Today, Hector International Airport covers approximate 4,000 acres and has three runways: 18/36, at 9,001 X 150 feet, is the longest public runway in North Dakota; 9/27 is 6,302 X 100 feet; and 13/31 is 3,801 X 75 feet. The Airport is managed by the Municipal Airport Au- thority, which was established by the City of Fargo in 1969. Its five-member, volun- teer board is appointed by the Mayor for renewable, five-year terms. It employs 26 full-time workers plus several part-tim- ers in building operations and seasonal snow removal. Five passenger airlines –Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and United– provide nonstop jet service to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlan- do-Sanford, and Phoenix-Mesa. Cargo air- lines include: Alpine Air Express, Encore Air Cargo, FedEx, Martinaire, and UPS AT A GLANCE HECTOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHAT: A public airport WHERE: Fargo, North Dakota WEBSITE: www.fargo