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Statewide Initiatives

The State Aviation System Plan (SASP) is a comprehensive 20-year plan guiding the maintenance and development of airports and aviation systems in Minnesota. The 2012 SASP includes a study of scheduled airline service focused on strengthening our connection to the rest of the world, a vision for the future of aviation in Minnesota - including consideration of NextGen technologies - and investment plans for airports and navigational systems. Learn more about our plan.

Airport Projects in MnDOT District 2

Airport Project Amount
Park Rapids Pave and extend runway $1,800,000
Bemidji-Beltrami County Construct West Taxilane, Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan $500,000

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Programs

Airport Improvement Program (AIP) – Aviation Trust Fund monies provide grant-in-aid funding for planning, land acquisition, and capital improvement projects at Airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

Essential Air Service (EAS) – Aviation Trust Fund monies support a minimal number of scheduled airline flights to small communities that otherwise may not be profitable for airlines. To qualify for the program an airport must have had airline service prior to deregulation in 1978.  Airline service at Bemidji and Thief River Falls is subsidized under the current program.

Statewide Programs

Airport Construction Grant Program - State Airport Fund monies are provided in Grant form to state system airports based on a determination that the improvement is a justifiable benefit to the air-traveling public. Grants are issued for a variety of projects including; planning, land acquisition, airfield paving, arrival/departure buildings, maintenance buildings, utilities, aviation fuel facilities, airfield lighting systems and certain qualifying equipment.

Airport Maintenance and Operation Program - State Airport Fund monies are provided in Grant form to state system airports for 2/3s of documented, routine maintenance expenses up to a ceiling amount calculated by airport infrastructure.

Hangar Loan Program - The Hangar Loan Revolving Account can provide a loan to a state system airport for building new hangars. Loans are paid back in equal monthly installments over 10 years. Payment receipts are then loaned out again to other airports needing hangars.

Air Service Marketing Program - State Airport Fund monies may be provided in Grant form to encourage the preservation and expansion of airline service at some airports in Greater Minnesota through marketing strategies. Access to air service in a community is vital for businesses with global markets and as a tool for economic development. Grants may not be used for subsidy payments to airlines.

Learn more about Statewide Airport Programs.