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Airport Authority & History


The Jamestown Regional Airport is operated by the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority. The airport authority was created and has the governing power as described in the ND Century Code Chapter 2-06. The airport authority members are nominated by the city mayor and the chairman of the county council and are appointed by the city council and county commissioners. The city council appoints 5 members and the county commissioners appoint 2 members.

The current board members are:

Chairman Trent Sletto
Vice Chairman Keith Veil
Craig Olin
Ramone Gumke
Gary Staab
David Steele


Property for the Jamestown Airport was purchased by the City of Jamestown and the Airport was built by the federal government as a military installation in 1942 with over 600 airmen being trained at Jamestown College and the Airport in 1944.

Shortly after WWII, ownership of the airfield was transferred to the City of Jamestown. From that time until 1968, the airport was administered by the city. In 1968, a municipal airport authority was formed, which oversaw airport operations. In January 2007, the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority was created through a joint resolution between the City of Jamestown and the County of Stutsman.

Fixed base operators have served as part-time managers when the airport first came under city jurisdiction, however, in more recent years, a full-time airport manager has been employed by the airport authority. Early airport hangers were located on 13th St. N.E. (Old Highway 10). The present terminal building was dedicated in 2011. The new terminal building was constructed over the two-year period of 2010-2011 and supplanted the old passenger terminal which was dedicated in 1961. Efforts were made in 1954 to have a Jet Interceptor Squadron at Jamestown. An offer to lease the airport to the USAF for one dollar a year was not accepted.

Northwest Orient Airlines began scheduled air carrier service to the Jamestown Airport in 1954. Since that time, service has continued with varying schedules. Shortly after deregulation in 1978, Jamestown lost jet service and from 1978-2014 was served by several commuter airlines. On June 5, 2014 jet service came back to Jamestown after 36 years with the initiation of service by United Express/SkyWest, utilizing a CRJ-200 regional jet.

In addition to its role as a commercial service airport, Jamestown Regional Airport supports a variety of general aviation activities. It has become increasingly important to the business community, both for those companies owning their own aircraft and to those chartering aircraft for business trips. Flying lessons, charter flights, aircraft sales and rentals, aerial applicators, aircraft repairs and fuel can be obtained from on-airport businesses. The Army National Guard uses the airport for occasional helicopter operations.

Over the years, certain areas of the airport have been designed as an industrial park. To date, numerous businesses and industries have located in these areas. The airport also supports about 1200 acres of farmland and hay land.


The airport is supported by the Federal Aviation Administration, tax dollars from the City and County, the North Dakota State Aeronautics Commission, farming, haying, industrial park leases, airport facilities leasing and airline and transport fees.


The airport is regulated by the following ordinances and policies: Ordinance No. 2 & No. 2 Maps, Ordinance 5, and Ordinance 6. Additionally the airport requires all individuals with a valid reason to drive on the active airport operations area to read and comply with the Ground Vehicle Manual and to contact the airport manager for required driver's training courses.

See Below for the .pdf files of the ordinances and driving manual.

Additional Related Information


Ordinance 2
File Size: 30280.05 kb

Ordinance 2 Map
File Size: 8199.62 kb

Ordinance 5
File Size: 55243.11 kb

Ordinance 6
File Size: 14817.38 kb