The Thief River Falls Regional Airport is undergoing numerous changes. The City of Thief River Falls and Pennington County entered into an agreement forming an Airport Authority. This Authority was formed to increase the stakeholders to include all of Pennington County in addition to the residents of Thief River Falls. This will spread the cost of operations over a larger tax base and allow the airport to keep up with regional industry infrastructure needs and facilitate economic growth in Northwest Minnesota.
The Airport has completed two major construction projects. A 19,800 S.F. Multi-Purpose Hangar was built to provide a controlled environment for loading and housing freight aircraft. Approximately 1,000,000 packages are shipped from your airport annually. This facility is needed to guarantee reliability of these operations and assure continued economic growth. The majority of this building was funded through a $2,097,000 State of Minnesota Bonding Bill Grant.
The second large project was the Terminal remodel. This project consisted of both Terminal and ARFF buildings re-roof along with new HVAC. The terminal also received new ceiling tile, lighting, interior and exterior doors, paint, carpet and furnishings. This is a $469,000 project with $413,000 coming from State and Federal Funds.
Upcoming projects include a runway 13/31 rehabilitation, taxiway A rehabilitation, and the purchase of a new snow blower.