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Leqve speaks after new director is announced

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Rochester International Airport Director Steve Leqve is less than two months away from handing over the baton as Director of the Rochester International Airport.

"It's really been just a really nice ride and I've truly enjoyed it," Leqve said.

He has been with the airport for more than four decades and has served as director since 1991.

"Our job as airport director is to try to do whatever we can to have good, adequate air service," Leqve said.

In that time he's seen an evolution in air travel.

"Since 9/11 we've had to make some pretty quick changes here in how we screen passengers and how we take care of them," he said.

But he has also seen the Rochester airport grow from adding air cargo, to gaining U.S. Customs which took the airport from being classified municipal to the international one we know today - a service that can make a big difference for those coming to the community for medical care.

"Time wise if you can fly directly here and your bags will meet you on your way out the door," he said.

Changing with the times Leqve says the key is gaining and maintaining service.

"That can be a difficult thing in this environment because if you don't use it you lose it," Leqve said. "If you're able to work it out with airlines to bring service, you have to use it."

It's a challenge every director deals with but he's confident he's leaving his duties in good hands.

"Our job is continue to make sure things run smoothly," he said. "Marty will do that. He's a director where he's at now. Airports are generally somewhat the same. We all have issues but a lot of them are the same issues, some larger because of the sheer size of the airport, but we all have the same." 

Leqve says they've exhausted their options with the current terminal and he still has hopes that airport will grow and eventually be housed in a new terminal.

Tentatively Lenss is set to start on May 6, working alongside Leqve for a few days.

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