Brainerd airport says it’s well-prepared for winter travel

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport
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With winter swiftly approaching, Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport reports it is ready and equipped to deal with ice and snow.

“The runways alone cover 40 acres and we provide our airport crews the ability to clear snow and ice as efficiently as possible,” airport Director Steve Wright said in a news release. “Each flight is important to this economy and our area businesses and residents depend on the flights taking off and landing on time.”

To handle the winter weather, the airport recently received delivery of a new 24-foot plow with an 18-foot broom to clear snow and ice from the runways. Other equipment includes 25-foot plows, brooms, a snowblower and wide-box plows to clear the ramps.

“To manage ice events,” Wright said, “the airport has invested in environmentally approved and compatible de-icing pellets to assist crews in removing ice so the airliners and other aircraft can land when they need to.”

Following its recent remodeling, the airport’s general aviation terminal is also now one of the most modern and complete terminals north of the Twin Cities, the release stated. Amenities include new waiting areas both inside and outside the secured spaces, guest Wi-Fi, shorter security lines in the enhanced Transportation Security Administration screening and baggage check areas, a jet bridge that connects to the plane, free short-term and long-term parking, and taxi and car rental services. Wings Café is also open 7 days a week with dine-in, catering and an available meeting room.


“When flying out of Brainerd, you don’t need to worry about driving south in bad weather, Twin Cities interstate traffic, staying overnight at a motel, or paying for a place to park,” Wright said. “Flying BRD, it’s worth it.”

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport serves as a greater-Minnesota transportation hub for Delta, offering one-stop flights to 166 worldwide destinations. Connecting flights from Brainerd to Minneapolis/St. Paul allow travelers from Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Todd counties to reach their leisure, recreation or business destinations.

To learn more about flying from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD), call 218-825-2166 or email . For local flight times and more, visit . To schedule a flight from Brainerd, click “Purchase Airline Tickets” on the homepage and enter BRD in the departure field.

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