City of Owatonna renames local FBO Southern Minnesota Flight Center


The City of Owatonna will now operate its Avfuel-branded FBO at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport as Southern Minnesota Flight Center. The new name supports the airport’s mission to attract traffic by advertising itself as the gateway to southern Minnesota.

With its close proximity to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, in addition to Rochester – a major medical hub – Southern Minnesota Flight Center offers customers the services and amenities that are native to flying to big cities, without the typical related costs and congestion.

The full-service FBO has a 5,500ft (1,676m) runway, heated hangars, courtesy and rental cars, aircraft maintenance through Langer Aviation, and Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP rewards.

Dave Beaver, airport manager for the City of Owatonna, said, “We’ve been working on rolling out the new name for a while, and everyone’s really pleased to see it launch. We wanted a name that was more descriptive for transient traffic traveling to the southern Minnesota region with the hope of drawing more pilots to our city, whether Owatonna is their final destination, or they’re looking to spend time in nearby metropolitan areas.”

AVTRIP members who mention the FBO’s new name to one of its CSRs will earn triple AVTRIP Points per gallon until November 15.

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