Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

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Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport
Wold–Chamberlain Field
Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport logo.png
WMO: 72658
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Metropolitan Airports Commission
Serves Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Location Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 841 ft / 256 m
Coordinates 44°52′55″N 093°13′18″W / 44.88194°N 93.22167°W / 44.88194; -93.22167Coordinates: 44°52′55″N 093°13′18″W / 44.88194°N 93.22167°W / 44.88194; -93.22167
Website www.mspairport.com
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
MSP is located in Minnesota
Location within Minnesota
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 11,006 3,355 Concrete
12R/30L 10,000 3,048 Concrete
12L/30R 8,200 2,499 Concrete
17/35 8,000 2,438 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 35,152,460
Traffic Movements 412,695
Based Aircraft 169
Source: Passenger & Traffic Movements from MSP Airport.;[1] Runways and Based Aircraft from FAA[2]

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (IATA: MSPICAO: KMSPFAA LID: MSP) is a joint civil-military public use international airport. Located in a portion of Hennepin County, Minnesota outside of any city or school district,[3] within ten miles (16 km) of both downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, it is the largest and busiest airport in the six-state upper Midwest region of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.[4]


MSP runways in March 2009, as seen from the southwest
MSP runways in May 2012, as seen from the northeast

In terms of passengers, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport is the 15th busiest airport in the United States and the 44th busiest airport in the world in 2014.[5] A joint civil-military airport, MSP is also home to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Joint Air Reserve Station, supporting both Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard flight operations. Airlines out of Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport serve 135 nonstop markets from MSP, including 115 domestic and 20 international markets. Compared to other large metropolitan areas in the United States, only Atlanta and Denver serve more non-stop markets per capita.[6]

The airport, including both passenger terminal buildings, is mostly located in the Census-designated place of Fort Snelling in an unincorporated part of Hennepin County.[7] Small sections of the airport are within the city limits of Minneapolis. The airport is across the Mississippi River from St. Paul. The terminal exits of the airport are minutes away from Mall of America; careful flight pattern planning ensures that aircraft never fly over the mall at low altitude.

It is the third-largest hub airport for Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection partners Compass Airlines and Endeavor Air (with Compass and Endeavor having their headquarters nearby). It also serves as the home airport for Sun Country Airlines. Champion Air was based at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport until the airline ceased operations in May 2008. Northwest Airlines was based near the airport until its 2010 merger with Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection partner Mesaba Airlines was also headquartered nearby until December 2011 as it completed its merger with Pinnacle Airlines. Delta Air Lines accounts for more than 80% of the airport's passenger traffic. The airport is operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which also handles operation of six smaller airports in the region.

Pinnacle Airlines relocated its headquarters from Memphis International Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in May 2013 and has renamed itself Endeavor Air.[8][9]

The airport's police department is recognized as having one of the best trained K-9 units in the United States. At a national competition in 2013, two MSP Airport Police dogs, "Ollie" and "Lana", took first and second place in explosives detection.[10]


The airport came into being when several local groups came together to take control of the former bankrupt Twin City Speedway race track, giving the airport its original name, Speedway Field. Soon after, in 1921, the airport was renamed "Wold–Chamberlain Field" for the World War I pilots Ernest Groves Wold and Cyrus Foss Chamberlain. Howard Hughes briefly stopped at Wold–Chamberlain Field on his round the world flight in 1938. In 1944 the site was renamed to "Minneapolis–St. Paul Metropolitan Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Field", with "International" replacing "Metropolitan" four years later. Today it is rare to see the Wold–Chamberlain portion of the name used anywhere.

Airport diagram for October 1959

MSP was the main base for Northwest Airlines starting in 1926 and became the main base of regional carrier North Central Airlines in 1952. North Central merged with Southern Airways to form Republic Airlines in 1979; Republic then merged with Northwest in 1986. The combined carrier came to control 79% of traffic at the airport, and merged into Delta Air Lines in 2010.

Due in part to the impact of aircraft noise on south Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, Northwest Airlines and others had proposed moving out of MSP and building a new airport on the fringes of the Twin Cities metro area to handle more large jets and more international traffic. Minneapolis and other neighboring cities were concerned that such a move would have a negative economic impact, so an arrangement was made where the Metropolitan Airports Commission would outfit many homes in the vicinity of the airport with sound insulation and air conditioning so that indoor noise could be reduced. A citizen group named ROAR (Residents Opposed to Airport Racket) was created in 1998 and helped push the MAC to make these concessions. Later, in 2004, the MAC voted to reduce funding for the soundproofing projects, stating in part that the economic climate had turned in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak, who had been a founding member of ROAR, promised that the city would challenge the funding changes.

One of Terminal 1's moving walkways

Ground was broken for the current Charles Lindbergh terminal building on October 26, 1958.[11] The US$8.5 million, 600,000 square foot (56,000 m2) terminal with 24 gates on two concourses was designed by Lyle George Landstrom [12] who worked for Cerny Associates and completed on January 13, 1962 and operations began on January 21, 1962.[11][13] Piers A and D (formerly the Green and Gold Concourses, now Concourse C and Concourse G respectively) were built as an expansion of the terminal designed by Cerny Associates in 1970.[13] This project also involved rebuilding the existing concourses into bi-level structures equipped with holding rooms and jet bridges.[13] It handles all international flights and airlines such as Delta, United, and others. The Gold Concourse was expanded in 1986 and included the airport's first moving walkway.[11]

The 1970 disaster film Airport was partially filmed at MSP, filling in for a fictional Lincoln airport. It was followed by several sequels and was a prototype for many disaster films that followed. The airport used colors as the method for naming different concourses for many years, a convention that was duplicated in the movie.

Starting in 2000, MSP switched to lettered concourses, which has become standard practice at airports around the world. The color names still survive as the names for the Lindbergh Terminal parking ramp wings. When Humphrey Terminal parking ramp was built, color theme was adopted for its wings.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Terminal was built in 2001. It is used mostly for charter airlines and low cost carriers, including Sun Country, Spirit Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.

Concourses A and B opened on June 1, 2002 as part of a $250 million terminal expansion designed by Minneapolis-based Architectural Alliance.[14] The final component of the project included a $17.5 million extension of Concourse C consisting of six additional gates, which opened on October 31, 2002.[15]

Icelandair started service to Minneapolis-St. Paul from Reykjavik in 1998. Northwest operated flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Hong Kong and Osaka in 1998 using 747-400 aircraft, but were dropped in the same year. Northwest also operated Minneapolis-St. Paul to Oslo and Frankfurt service using DC-10 aircraft, but they too were dropped. From the early 1990s and to 2000s (decade), KLM operated 747 and MD-11 service from Amsterdam to Minneapolis-St. Paul. In part because of the Delta/KLM joint venture, KLM has not served Minneapolis-St. Paul with its own aircraft since 2004. Beginning in the summer of 2013 Air France commenced non-stop seasonal flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul using Airbus A340-300 aircraft. The service will resume in the summer of 2014. Condor Airlines also began non-stop seasonal service to Minneapolis-St. Paul from Frankfurt in the summer of 2014. At one time Swiss International Airlines offered non-stop flights to Zurich.

By May 2012 Great Lakes Airlines was adding services to small communities that had been ended by the legacy carriers earlier in the airport's history.[16] Hub status was removed February 1, 2014 due to the lack of qualified pilots.

Former Terminal and Color Concourse Names Current Terminal, Letter Concourse and Gate Names
Lindbergh Terminal Terminal 1, Concourse A, Gates A1–A14
Terminal 1, Concourse B, Gates B1–B16
Terminal 1, Concourse C, Gates C12–C27
Lindbergh Terminal, Green Concourse Terminal 1, Concourse C, Gates C1–C11
Terminal 1, Concourse D, Gates D1–D6
Lindbergh Terminal, Blue Concourse Terminal 1, Concourse E, Gates E1–E16
Lindbergh Terminal, Red Concourse Terminal 1, Concourse F, Gates F1–F16
Lindbergh Terminal, Gold Concourse Terminal 1, Concourse G, Gates G1–G22
Humphrey Terminal Terminal 2, Concourse H, Gates H1–H10


Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport has two terminals, both of which were named for famous Minnesotans: the Lindbergh Terminal 1 (named after the aviator Charles Lindbergh) and the smaller Humphrey Terminal 2 (named for former US Vice President Hubert Humphrey). Lindbergh Terminal 1 officially has seven concourses, lettered A–G, with the Humphrey Terminal 2 labeled as Concourse H. The old Humphrey Terminal 2, built in 1986, was rebuilt in 2001 to expand capacity and give passengers a more seamless experience.[11]

The tram

Like many other airports, MSP interconnects with several other forms of transportation. Several large parking ramps are available for cars. Most other connections are made at the Hub Building and adjacent Transit Center, which has city and shuttle bus, taxi, light-rail, and rental car service. Two trams (people movers) are at the airport. One carries passengers from the main section of Lindbergh Terminal 1 to the Hub Building, and another runs along Concourse C in that terminal.

The airport is near Fort Snelling, the site of one of the earliest United States government settlements in the area. Both the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers flow nearby. Minnesota State Highway 5 provides the closest entrance to the Lindbergh Terminal 1, just a short distance from Interstate 494. The Humphrey Terminal 2 is accessed via the 34th Avenue exit from I-494, which runs past Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Delta Air Lines has hangars arranged along I-494 and 34th Avenue, so it's possible to see airliners undergoing maintenance while driving past.

The METRO light rail Blue Line[17] has stops at both the Hub Building Terminal 1 (Lindbergh Station) and Terminal 2 Humphrey Terminal (Humphrey Station). It connects the airport with downtown Minneapolis as well as with the Mall of America in nearby Bloomington, and operates as a shuttle service between the two airport terminals. Travelers can use the rail line to go between the two sites at all times; it is the only part of the line that operates continuously through the night (the rest shuts down for about four hours early in the morning).[18] Passengers going between the two terminals may ride free of charge, but those riding beyond the airport grounds must pay a standard fare.[18] Two parallel tunnels for the line run roughly 70 feet (20 meters) below the airport, and at 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in length are the longest tunnels on the route. The Lindbergh Terminal 1 station is the only one underground on the line, as the rails return to the surface near Humphrey Terminal 2. Due to current concerns about terrorism, a great deal of effort went into ensuring that the tunnels are highly blast-resistant. The underground portion was the costliest section of the entire rail project.[19]

Airline lounges[edit]

Delta Air Lines offers two Sky Clubs. Both are located in Terminal 1. One is located near the entrance to the F and G concourses. The second is located on the C concourse, near Gate C12.

United Airlines has a United Club in Terminal 1 between gates E6 and E8.

MSP 2020 Vision[edit]

In 2004, Northwest Airlines, which is now Delta Air Lines, proposed expanding the Lindbergh Terminal 1 to accommodate growing flight operations in a plan known as the MSP 2020 Vision. The proposed expansion included moving all airlines other than Northwest and its SkyTeam alliance partners to the Humphrey Terminal 2. This caused increased concern about Northwest Airlines' control of the Minneapolis–St. Paul commercial air service market with some claiming that Northwest was using its market position to inflate airfares. While AirTran Airways voiced opposition to the plan, American Airlines and United Airlines remained neutral on the move since both had exclusive terminals at their own main hubs. Despite the merger between Northwest and Delta Air Lines, Delta still plans to carry out the expansions. In May 2005, the MAC approved the plan with the following conditions:

  • The Humphrey Terminal 2 will be expanded to 22 gates, over double its current size
  • Another parking ramp will be constructed at the Humphrey Terminal 2
  • Delta and other SkyTeam airlines will have exclusive rights to the entire Lindbergh Terminal 1
  • Non-SkyTeam airlines will use the Humphrey Terminal 2
  • Concourses C and E will be converted into regional jet terminals
  • A new Concourse H will be built on the site of the former NWA Building B

In September 2012, MAC released a draft of the MSP 2020 Vision, expanding both the terminals to meet growing flights operations. The estimated $1.5 billion plan will include:

  • Expanding and constructing a new international facility at concourse G.
  • Remodel and reconfigure Lindbergh Terminal 1's lobby.
  • Reconfigure Lindbergh Terminal 1's baggage claim areas.
  • Building 2 new parking ramps at both terminals
  • Expand Humphrey Terminal 2 to as many as 27 gates.
  • Insulate several hundreds more homes prone to airport traffic noise.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal-Concourse
Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson 1-E
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle 1-G
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma 1-E
American Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami 1-E
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare 1-E
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt 2-H
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam, Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Billings, Bismarck, Boise, Boston, Bozeman, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Duluth, Fargo, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Houston‑Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Missoula, Nashville (begins May 5, 2015), New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Omaha, Orange County, Orlando, Paris‑Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Sioux Falls, Spokane, St. Louis, Tampa, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–National
Seasonal: Albany, Albuquerque, Calgary, Columbus (OH), Cozumel, Eagle/Vail, Edmonton, Fairbanks, Grand Cayman, Green Bay, Honolulu (resumes October 25, 2015),[20] Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Jackson Hole, Kalispell, Liberia (Costa Rica), Montréal–Trudeau, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Montego Bay, Nassau, New Orleans, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Providence, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Rapid City, Reno/Tahoe, Rochester (NY), San Antonio, San José de Costa Rica, San Jose del Cabo, San Juan, St. Maarten, Syracuse, Traverse City, Tucson, Vancouver, Washington–Dulles
1-C, 1-D, 1-F, 1-G
Delta Connection Aberdeen (SD), Alpena, Appleton, Austin, Baltimore, Bemidji, Billings, Bismarck, Bloomington/Normal, Boise, Brainerd, Buffalo, Calgary, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charlotte, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Dickinson, Duluth, Edmonton, Fargo, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Flint, Fort Wayne, Grand Forks, Grand Rapids, Great Falls, Green Bay, Hartford, Helena, Hibbing/Chisholm, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, International Falls, Iron Mountain, Jacksonville (FL), Kalamazoo, Kalispell, Kansas City, Knoxville, La Crosse, Lansing, Lincoln, Louisville, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minot, Missoula, Moline/Quad Cities, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Norfolk (ends April 7, 2015), Oklahoma City, Omaha, Peoria, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Rapid City, Regina, Rhinelander, Richmond, Rochester (MN), Rochester (NY), Saginaw, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Saskatoon, Sioux Falls, South Bend, St. Louis, Syracuse, Toronto–Pearson, Tri-Cities (WA), Tulsa, Vancouver, Washington–Dulles, Wausau, Wichita, Williston, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Albany, Aspen, Birmingham (AL), Harlingen, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Idaho Falls, Lexington, Providence, Spokane, Springfield (MO), Traverse City, Washington-National
1-A, 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, 1-F, 1-G
Frontier Airlines Atlanta (begins April 30, 2015), Denver, Philadelphia (begins April 30, 2015)
Seasonal: Trenton, Washington–Dulles
Great Lakes Airlines Thief River Falls, Watertown (SD) 1-B
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík 2-H
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix, St. Louis
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa
Spirit Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas
Seasonal: Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa
Sun Country Airlines Boston, Cancún, Chicago–Midway, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Lansing, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington–National
Seasonal: Anchorage, Cozumel, Gulfport/Biloxi (begins August 27, 2015), Harlingen, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Liberia (Costa Rica), Manzanillo, Mazatlán, Miami, Montego Bay, Nassau, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San José del Cabo, San Juan, Savannah (begins August 27, 2015), Tampa
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, San Francisco 1-E
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles 1-E
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix 1-E
US Airways Express Charlotte, Philadelphia 1-E

Charter service[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal-Concourse
Apple Vacations operated by Sun Country Airlines[21] Cancún, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (Costa Rica), Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo 2-H
Funjet Vacations operated by Sun Country Airlines[22] Cancún, Cozumel, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (Costa Rica), Montego Bay, Nassau, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo 2-H
Total Rewards Air operated by Republic Airlines[23] Atlantic City, Gulfport/Biloxi, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Tunica 1-E

Top international destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from MSP (July 2013 – June 2014)[24]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Amsterdam, Netherlands 449,973 Delta
2 Toronto (Pearson), Canada 212,508 Air Canada, Delta
3 Paris (Charles de Gaulle), France 198,715 Air France, Delta
4 Cancún, Mexico 185,146 Delta, Sun Country
5 Tokyo (Narita), Japan 172,964 Delta
6 Winnipeg, Canada 158,175 Delta
7 Vancouver, Canada 142,988 Delta
8 London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 141,031 Delta
9 Calgary, Canada 123,075 Delta
10 Edmonton, Canada 98,444 Delta
11 Saskatoon, Canada 74,228 Delta
12 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 64,780 Delta, Sun Country
13 Montréal (Trudeau), Canada 62,342 Delta
14 Regina, Canada 50,407 Delta
15 Reykjavík (Keflavík), Iceland 40,730 Icelandair

Top domestic destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MSP (Jan 2014 – Dec 2014)[25]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 828,000 American, Delta, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado 774,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia 726,000 AirTran, Delta, Southwest
4 Phoenix, Arizona 665,000 Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, US Airways
5 Los Angeles, California 536,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, United
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 514,000 Alaska, Delta, Sun Country
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 506,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
8 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 477,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
9 Chicago (Midway), Illinois 450,000 Delta, Southwest, Sun Country
10 San Francisco, California 399,000 Delta, Sun Country, United

Top domestic destinations (January 2013-December 2013 vs January 2014-December 2014)[26]
Rank Airport Passengers
(Jan-Dec 2014)
(Jan-Dec 2013)
Change Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 828,000 811,000 +17,000 American, Delta, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado 774,000 743,000 +31,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia 726,000 752,000 -26,000 Air Tran, Delta, Southwest
4 Phoenix, Arizona 665,000 630,000 +35,000 Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, US Airways
5 Los Angeles, California 536,000 441,000 +95,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, United
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 514,000 491,000 +23,000 Alaska, Delta, Sun Country
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 506,000 472,000 +34,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
8 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 477,000 418,000 +59,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
9 Chicago (Midway), Illinois 450,000 419,000 +31,000 Delta, Southwest, Sun Country
10 San Francisco, California 399,000 377,000 +22,000 Delta, Sun Country, United

Airline stats[edit]

Airlines at MSP 2014 (Ranked by Passenger movements)
Rank Airline Passenger movements Aircraft movements(Rank)
1 Delta Air Lines (Including Regionals) 25,216,478 284,300 (1)
2 Southwest Airlines (Including AirTran) 1,885,779 16,892 (3)
3 Sun Country Airlines 1,672,881 16,839 (4)
4 United Airlines (Including Continental & Regionals) 1,297,274 20,408 (2)
5 US Airways (Including Regionals) 1,211,621 9,907 (6)
6 Spirit Airlines 996,858 7,669 (7)
7 American Airlines (Including Regionals) 977,348 10,169 (5)
8 Frontier Airlines 456,105 3,265 (8)
9 Alaska Airlines 185,017 1,348 (11)
10 Air Canada (Including Regionals) 63,503 1,663 (10)
11 Air France 41,957 182 (13)
12 Icelandair 40,263 260 (12)
13 Great Lakes Airlines 11,462 2,080 (9)
14 Condor Airlines 9,825 46 (14)
N/A Air Freight N/A 12,199
N/A Charters 12,549 190
N/A General Aviation N/A 24,155
N/A Military N/A 1,079
Totals 35,152,460 412,695

Terminal stats[edit]

Stats By Terminal (2014)
Terminal Passengers Movements Gates[27]
1 31,543,712 341,035 118
2 3,608,748 34,037 10
Other N/A 37,623 N/A
Totals 35,152,460 412,695 128

Year by year stats[edit]

Traffic By Calendar Year
Year Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (Pounds) Mail (Pounds)
2001 33,733,725 501,522 N/A N/A
2002 32,629,690 507,669 N/A N/A
2003 33,201,860 512,588 N/A N/A
2004 36,713,173 541,093 N/A N/A
2005 37,663,664 532,239 N/A N/A
2006 35,612,133 475,668 N/A N/A
2007 35,157,322 452,972 N/A N/A
2008 34,056,443 450,044 496,595,947 18,931,024
2009 32,378,599 432,395 402,981,750 16,298,411
2010 32,839,441 437,075 448,769,723 19,840,160
2011 33,118,499 436,506 434,468,322 25,496,531
2012 33,170,960 425,332 404,563,347 33,459,970
2013 33,897,335 431,418 409,255,621 34,562,553
2014 35,152,460 412,698 414,156,918 33,666,500

Airport stats[edit]

Average Flights Per Day (April 2014)[28]
Commercial Air Taxi General Aviation Military Total
1086 32 59 3 1180
Based Aircraft (April 2014)
Prop-Engine Jet-Engine Military Total
30 123 16 169
Runway Stats (April 2014)
Runway Length Width Condition Type Lights
04/22 11,006 150 Good Concrete High
12L/30R 8,200 150 Good Concrete High
12R/30L 10,000 200 Excellent Concrete High
17/35 8,000 150 Excellent Concrete High

Cargo operations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Bemidji Airlines Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Eveleth/Virginia, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, International Falls, La Crosse, Marshall, Rice Lake, Thief River Falls, Wadena, Winona
DHL operated by Atlas Air Cincinnati, Toledo
DHL operated by Encore Air Cargo Thief River Falls
FedEx Express Appleton, Chicago–O'Hare, Fort Worth-Alliance, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Oakland, Sioux Falls
FedEx Feeder operated by IFL Group Air Cargo Memphis, Thief River Falls
FedEx Feeder operated by Mountain Air Cargo Duluth
Suburban Air Freight Omaha, Winnipeg
UPS Airlines Louisville, Philadelphia, Rockford, St. Louis, Sioux Falls, Winnipeg
UPS Airlines operated by IFL Group Air Cargo Louisville, Thief River Falls


  • Terminal 1-Lindbergh square footage: 2.8 million
  • Terminal 1-Lindbergh gates: 118
  • Terminal 2-Humphrey square footage: 531,700
  • Terminal 2-Humphrey gates: 10 (adding 3 more in 2015)
  • On-airport parking spaces: 22,900
  • Nonstop markets served: 135, including 115 domestic and 20 international markets.
  • Cost to airlines per enplaned passenger: $6.68. MSP's 2012 estimated cost to airlines per enplaned passenger ranks among the lower third of large hub airports. The 2013 estimated national average is $11.99 based on rating agency information and various airport Bond Official Statements.
  • Landing fees to signatory airlines: $2.42 per 1,000 pounds landed weight.
  • Originating passengers: 54%
  • Connecting passengers: 46%[29]

Military facilities[edit]

The Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Joint Air Reserve Station at MSP is home to the 934th Airlift Wing (934 AW), an Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) unit, and the 133d Airlift Wing (133 AW) of the Minnesota Air National Guard. Both units fly the C-130 Hercules and are operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC). The 934th consists of over 1,300 military personnel, of which approximately 250 are full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and Air Reserve Technician (ART) personnel. The 133rd is similarly manned, making for a total military presence of over 2,600 full-time and part-time personnel.

The 934 AW serves as the "host" wing for the installation, which also includes lodging/billeting, officers club, Base Exchange (BX) and other morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) facilities for active, reserve/national guard and retired military personnel and their families.

Other buildings[edit]

Delta Air Lines Building C at MSP

Delta Air Lines Building C is located on the property of Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport and in Fort Snelling.[30][31][32][33] Delta uses it for northern and regional operations.[34] The building is located along 34th Avenue, which is the main access point to the airport terminals from Interstate 494, and across from the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Building C is in a public access area of the airport, so visitors are not required to undergo security checks to access it.[35]

In 2009, as Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines merged, Delta removed all employees from Building A, the previous headquarters of Northwest in Eagan, and all employees who remained in Minneapolis were moved to Building C, which was renovated, and Building J.[36] Facilities within the building include the Compass Airlines corporate headquarters, which moved there on December 16, 2009,[37] and Delta SkyBonus offices.[38] Endeavor Air is also headquartered in Building C.[39] In 2013 Delta announced that the former Pinnacle Airlines, which became Endeavor, would move its headquarters from Memphis to MSP Airport, and that it would occupy five stories.[40]

Prior to its disestablishment, Republic Airlines (1979–1986) had its headquarters in Building C.[34][41] The Regional Elite Airline Services headquarters were in Building C.[42]


One of the runways, taken from a taxiing plane

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport has four runways:[2]

  • Runway 4/22: 11,006 × 150 ft. (3,354 × 46 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 12R/30L: 10,000 × 200 ft. (3,048 × 61 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 12L/30R: 8,200 × 150 ft. (2,499 × 46 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 17/35: 8,000 × 150 ft. (2,438 × 46 m), Surface: Concrete

Runway 17/35 opened in October 2005. Prior to that time, a number of buildings (including several hangars and the City of Richfield's Rich Acres Golf Course) were demolished to make way for the runway protection zone of the new runway. Aircraft approaching Runway 35 fly slightly east of the Mall of America, overfly Interstate 494, and land seconds later. Due to noise concerns from south Minneapolis, between August 13, 2007 and October 18, 2007, Runway 17/35 was used regularly during construction on Runway 12R/30L.

Skyline Shuttle[edit]

The Skyline Shuttle is passenger transportation ground shuttle service operating between Duluth, Minnesota and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. The service began operation in 2007 and has grown to be a significant transportation provider in the region. Skyline Shuttle transports passengers along the I-35 Corridor in Northern Minnesota, also serving some of the rural communities along the route between the Twin Cities and Duluth.



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