Mayo's new policy for employee flights is a boon to Rochester International Airport

Mayo Clinic is instituting a new policy under which employees at the Rochester, Minn., campus are required to fly out of the local airport operated by the health system when traveling for work, whereas physicians and scientists are "strongly encouraged to utilize" it, according to a Post Bulletin report. 

Mayo estimates that roughly 20 percent of its traveling employees have opted to use Rochester International Airport, while the remainder flies out of the Twin Cities. The Rochester airport is owned by the city but managed by Mayo under contract.

The health system did not specify how many employees fly for work each year, according to the Post Bulletin. In 2015, Mayo Clinic recorded 2,289 staff physicians and scientists based in Rochester, along with 1,899 residents and fellows and 30,374 allied clinic and hospital staff.

The policy change comes just before the airport expands its flight options, as Delta and United airlines expand their offerings. The airport will soon go from capacity of 400 seats on eight daily flights to 700 seats on 14 flights a day.

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