Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

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Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
Wold-Chamberlain Field
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Logo.svg
MSP 2012.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Metropolitan Airports Commission
Serves Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Location Hennepin County, Minnesota, U.S.
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
MSP is located in the US
Location within Minnesota / United States
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 (2016)
Passengers 37,517,957
Traffic Movements 413,460
Based Aircraft (2017) 179
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), also known as Wold–Chamberlain Field, is a joint civil-military public use international airport. Located in a portion of Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, outside of any city or school district,[3] within 10 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 airport in 2009 looking towards the northeast.

In terms of passengers, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport was the 16th busiest airport in the United States as of 2014 and the 49th busiest in the world in 2016. 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 MSP serve 155 nonstop markets from the airport, including 126 domestic and 29 international markets. Internationally, Delta Air Lines flies to four trans-oceanic destinations year round: Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, and Tokyo–Haneda, with an additional seasonal trans-oceanic flight to Reykjavík-Keflavík. Both Delta Air Lines and Sun Country Airlines serve many cities throughout the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico with seasonal or year-round service. Air France has seasonal service to Paris and Condor Airlines flies to Frankfurt seasonally. Icelandair has year-round service to Reykjavík–Keflavik. KLM resumed year-round service to Amsterdam in March 2017 and subsequently started MSP's first Boeing 787 service in October 2017. Compared to other large metropolitan areas in the United States, only Atlanta and Denver serve more non-stop markets per capita.[5]

The airport, including both passenger terminal buildings, is mostly in the census-designated place of Fort Snelling in an unincorporated portion of Hennepin County.[6] Small sections of the airport are within the city limits of Minneapolis and Richfield. The airport is across the Mississippi River from St. Paul. The airport's terminal exits are minutes from Mall of America; careful flight pattern planning ensures aircraft never fly over the mall at low altitude.

MSP is the second largest hub airport for Delta Air Lines and its Delta Connection partners.[7] Compass Airlines and Endeavor Air have their official 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 had a hub at the airport until its 2010 merger with Delta Air Lines and the 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 as 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.

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.

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]

In 1970, MSP served as the primary filming location for the film Airport, though the film presented the airport as a fictional Chicago-based Lincoln International. Ironically, MSP was selected in part for notorious winter climate, yet the filming period remained stubbornly fair-weathered, forcing film crews to employ copious amounts of fake snow. As filming had to take place during normal airport operations, several features of the airport itself, such as the color-based labeling of different concourses, were present in the movie. This labeling system was replaced beginning in 2000 with the more familiar system of lettered concourses.

Due in part to the impact of aircraft noise on south Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, Northwest Airlines and others had proposed[when?] 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.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Terminal was built in 2001. It is used mostly for charter and low cost airlines, including Sun Country 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, but reintroduced the service in March 2017. 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. Condor Airlines also began non-stop seasonal service to Minneapolis-St. Paul from Frankfurt in the summer of 2014 using 767-300's.

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. Hub status was removed February 1, 2014 due to the lack of qualified pilots.

Terminal and Color Concourse Names
Terminal, Concourse Letter 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–H14


MSP Entrance
Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400 and 757-200 at MSP
Concourse C

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]

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.

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A320 taxis out of Concourse F.

The METRO light rail Blue Line[16] 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).[17] Passengers going between the two terminals may ride free of charge, but those riding beyond the airport grounds must pay a standard fare.[17] 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.[18]


Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport covers 2,930 acres (1,186 ha) and has four runways, all with high intensity lights.

Number Length Width Condition Surface Frequency
4/22 11,006 feet (3,355 m) 150 feet (46 m) Good Concrete 126.700
12R/30L 10,000 feet (3,048 m) 200 feet (61 m) Excellent Concrete 126.700
12L/30R 8,200 feet (2,499 m) 150 feet (46 m) Good Concrete 123.950
17/35 8,000 feet (2,438 m) 150 feet (46 m) Excellent Concrete 123.675

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.

Airport lounges[edit]

Terminal 1 houses multiple lounges including an Armed Forces Service Center, two Delta Sky Clubs, an Escape Lounge, a PGA MSP Lounge, and an United Club.

Hotel (on-site)[edit]

InterContinental Hotels has signed on to be the first full service on-site hotel at the airport with 300 rooms on 12 floors. It will open during the winter of 2017-2018. The new hotel will be skyway connected to the airport with its own security checkpoint. The hotel will also have an "observation bar" on the top floor. It will have floor to ceiling windows with views of both downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It will also have sweeping views of the Minnesota River, Mississippi River and the entire airport.[19][20][21]

Other buildings[edit]

Delta Air Lines Building C is located on the property of Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport and in Fort Snelling. Delta uses it for northern and regional operations. 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. 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. Facilities within the building include the Compass Airlines corporate headquarters, which moved there on December 16, 2009 and Delta SkyBonus offices. Endeavor Air is also headquartered in Building C. 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.[22]

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Refs
Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson [23]
Air Choice One Fort Dodge, Ironwood, Mason City [24]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle [25]
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma [26]
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma [26]
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Portland (OR), San Francisco [26]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor [27]
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National [27]
Apple Vacations Charter: Cancún, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (CR), Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo [28]
Boutique Air Thief River Falls [29]
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt [30]
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam, Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Billings, Bismarck, Boise, Boston, Bozeman, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fargo, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Missoula, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Omaha, Orange County, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Sioux Falls, Spokane, St. Louis, Tampa, Tokyo–Haneda, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Albany, Albuquerque, Appleton, Aruba (begins December 23, 2017),[31] Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago–Midway, Cleveland, Cozumel, Duluth, Edmonton, Fairbanks, Grand Cayman, Green Bay, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Jackson Hole, Jacksonville (FL), Kalispell, Liberia (CR), Mazatlán, Montego Bay, Nassau, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Rapid City, Reno/Tahoe, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rochester (NY), Saskatoon, San Antonio, San Juan (Suspended), San José del Cabo, South Bend, Syracuse, Traverse City, Toronto–Pearson, Tucson, Vancouver, West Palm Beach
Delta Connection Aberdeen (SD), 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–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, 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, Kalamazoo, Kalispell, Kansas City, Knoxville, La Crosse, Lansing, Lexington, Lincoln, Louisville, Madison, Marquette, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minot, Missoula, Moline/Quad Cities, Montréal–Trudeau, Mosinee, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Peoria, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Rapid City, Rhinelander, Richmond, Rochester (MN), Rochester (NY), Saginaw, San Antonio, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie (MI), Sioux Falls, South Bend, St. Louis, Syracuse, Toronto–Pearson, Tri-Cities (WA), Tulsa, Vancouver, Washington–Dulles, Wichita, Williston, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Albany, Aspen, Harlingen, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Idaho Falls, Norfolk, Savannah, Spokane, Traverse City, Washington–National
Frontier Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs (begins April 9, 2018),[33] Fort Myers, Long Island/Islip (begins April 9, 2018),[34] Orlando, Providence, Tampa, Trenton (begins April 8, 2018)[35]
Funjet Vacations Charter: Cancún, Cozumel, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (CR), Montego Bay, Nassau, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo [37]
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík [38]
JetBlue Airways Boston (begins May 3, 2018)[39] [40]
KLM Amsterdam [41]
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love (begins June 3, 2018), Denver, Kansas City, Nashville, Oakland (begins July 15, 2018),[42] Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa
Spirit Airlines Atlanta, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orlando
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Fort Myers, Houston–Intercontinental, Myrtle Beach (begins April 12, 2018),[44] Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Seattle/Tacoma (begins April 12, 2018),[45] Tampa
Sun Country Airlines Boston, Cancún, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York–JFK, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington–National (ends January 7, 2018)
Seasonal: Anchorage, Aruba (begins December 23, 2017),[47] Austin, Cozumel, Gulfport/Biloxi, Harlingen, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Liberia (CR), Manzanillo, Mazatlán, Miami, Montego Bay, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San José del Cabo, Santa Rosa, Savannah, Tampa, Tucson (begins December 21, 2017),[47] West Palm Beach
Charter: Fort Lauderdale, Laughlin/Bullhead City
Total Rewards Air Charter: Atlantic City, Gulfport/Biloxi, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Tunica [49]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco [50]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles [50]
Xtra Airways Charter: Elko, Wendover [51]


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation
operated by Atlas Air
Cincinnati, Detroit
DHL Aviation
operated by Encore Air Cargo
Thief River Falls
DHL Express
operated by Suburban Air Freight
Cincinnati, Omaha, Winnipeg
FedEx Express Appleton, Chicago–O'Hare, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee
Seasonal: Columbus–Rickenbacker, Fort Worth/Alliance, Grand Forks, Los Angeles, Newark, Oakland, Rochester (MN), St. Louis
FedEx Feeder
operated by Corporate Air
FedEx Feeder
operated by CSA Air
Bemidji, Duluth
FedEx Feeder
operated by IFL Group Air Cargo
Memphis, Thief River Falls
FedEx Feeder
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
UPS Airlines Chicago/Rockford, Louisville, Philadelphia, Winnipeg
Seasonal: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Milwaukee, Ontario, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Sioux Falls
UPS Airlines
operated by Atlas Air
Seasonal: Louisville
UPS Airlines
operated by Bemidji Airlines
Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, International Falls, La Crosse, Marshall, Rice Lake, Thief River Falls, Wadena, Winona
UPS Airlines
operated by IFL Group Air Cargo
Louisville, Thief River Falls
UPS Airlines
operated by Southern Air
Seasonal: Louisville


Top domestic destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MSP (Sep 2016 – Aug 2017)[52]
Rank Airport Passengers Change Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois (ORD) 937,000 Decrease 23,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado (DEN) 826,000 Decrease 2,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) 773,000 Increase 21,000 Delta, Southwest, Spirit
4 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona (PHX) 684,000 Decrease 19,000 American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country
5 Los Angeles, California (LAX) 679,000 Increase 57,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, United
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington (SEA) 556,000 Decrease 2,000 Alaska, Delta, Sun Country
7 Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) 532,000 Increase 22,000 Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country
8 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 493,000 Decrease 5,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
9 Orlando, Florida (MCO) 460,000 Increase 61,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country
10 San Francisco, California (SFO) 453,000 Increase 6,000 Delta, Sun Country, United

Top international destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from MSP (Jan. 2016 – Dec. 2016)[53]
Rank Airport Passengers Yearly
1 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 439,292 Decrease Delta, KLM
2 Mexico Cancún, Mexico 292,215 Increase Delta, Sun Country
3 Canada Toronto (Pearson), Canada 262,677 Increase Air Canada, Delta
4 France Paris (Charles de Gaulle), France 215,043 Decrease Air France, Delta
5 Canada Winnipeg, Canada 183,408 Increase Delta
6 Japan Tokyo (Haneda) & (Narita), Japan 168,096 Decrease Delta
7 Canada Calgary, Canada 133,412 Increase Delta
8 Canada Vancouver, Canada 130,907 Increase Delta
9 United Kingdom London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 128,164 Decrease Delta
10 Iceland Reykjavík (Keflavík), Iceland 105,244 Increase Delta, Icelandair
11 Canada Edmonton, Canada 93,177 Decrease Delta
12 Canada Saskatoon, Canada 91,036 Increase Delta
13 Mexico Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (winter seasonal) 80,396 Increase Delta, Sun Country
14 Dominican Republic Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (winter seasonal) 63,147 Increase Delta, Sun Country
15 Canada Montréal (Trudeau), Canada 63,120 Decrease Delta
16 Canada Regina, Canada 46,811 Decrease Delta
17 Mexico San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (winter seasonal) 44,433 Steady Delta, Sun Country
18 Italy Rome, Italy (summer seasonal) 40,237 Steady Delta
19 Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica (winter seasonal) 39,916 Steady Delta, Sun Country
20 Germany Frankfurt, Germany (summer seasonal) 19,803 Steady Condor

Airline market share[edit]

Largest Airlines at MSP
(2015 vs 2016)
(Ranked by passenger movements)
Rank Airline Passenger movements 2015/2016 Aircraft movements 2015/2016 (Rank)
1 Delta Air Lines (including Delta Connection) 25,844,791 / 26,775,586 Increase 277,797 (1) / 277,951 (1) Increase
2 American Airlines (including American Eagle) 2,244,409 / 2,497,793 Increase 18,592 (3) / 22,212 (2) Increase
3 Sun Country Airlines 2,051,647 / 2,239,539 Increase 18,492 (4) / 19,545 (4) Increase
4 Southwest Airlines 1,884,704 / 2,139,634 Increase 15,874 (5) / 17,197 (5) Increase
5 United Airlines (including United Express) 1,567,854 / 1,783,457 Increase 19,560 (2) / 20,058 (3) Increase
6 Spirit Airlines 1,029,510 / 1,210,402 Increase 7,501 (6) / 8,851 (6) Increase
7 Frontier Airlines 453,762 / 330,804 Decrease 3,403 (7) / 2,164 (9) Decrease
8 Alaska Airlines 193,548 / 287,089 Increase 1,308 (10) / 2,198 (8) Increase
9 Air Canada (including Air Canada Express) 82,726 / 89,345 Increase 1,945 (9) / 2,214 (7) Increase
10 Icelandair 56,795 / 75,862 Increase 370 (11) / 418 (13) Increase
11 Air France (summer seasonal) 60,100 / 52,928 Decrease 244 (12) / 250 (14) Increase
12 Condor Airlines (summer seasonal) 10,581 / 18,861 Increase 44 (13) / 84 (15) Increase
13 Boutique Air (began service in 2016) 0 / 6,458 Steady 0 / 992 (10) Steady
14 Air Choice One (began service in 2016) 0 / 3,113 Steady 0 / 678 (11) Steady
15 Great Lakes Airlines (ended service in 2016) 8,765 / 1,791 Decrease 2,648 (8) / 571 (12) Decrease
N/A Air Freight N/A 12,789 (N/A) / 14,400 (N/A) Increase
N/A Charters 5,230 (N/A) / 5,295 (N/A) Increase 80 (N/A) / 68 (N/A) Decrease
N/A General Aviation N/A 22,863 (N/A) / 22,294 (N/A) Decrease
N/A Military N/A 1,252 (N/A) / 1,315 (N/A) Increase
Totals 36,582,854 / 37,517,957 Increase 404,762 / 413,460 Increase
Largest Airlines at MSP (Sep 2016 – Aug 2017)[54]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Delta Air Lines 17,479,000 51.71%
2 SkyWest Airlines for (Alaska Airlines, Delta Connection and United Express) 3,229,000 9.55%
3 Southwest Airlines 2,126,000 6.29%
4 American Airlines 2,117,000 6.26%
5 Endeavor Air for (Delta Connection) 1,900,000 5.62%
6 Others 6,950,000 20.56%

Average daily flights[edit]

Average weekday passenger departures (July 2017)[55]
Rank Airline Departures Terminal-Concourse
1 Delta Air Lines (including Delta Connection) 439 (Jun 2017) 1-A, 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, 1-F, 1-G
2 American Airlines (including American Eagle) 35 1-E
3 United Airlines (including United Express) 33 1-E
4 Sun Country Airlines 28 2-H
5 Southwest Airlines 27 2-H
6 Spirit Airlines 13 1-E
7 Alaska Airlines (including Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines) 6 1-E
8 Air Choice One 5 1-B
9 Frontier Airlines 3 1-E
9 Air Canada (including Air Canada Express) 3 1-E
9 Boutique Air 3 1-B
12 Air France (summer seasonal) 1 1-G
12 Condor Airlines (summer seasonal) 1 2-H
12 Icelandair 1 2-H
12 KLM 1 1-G
13 JetBlue Airways (begins May 3, 2018) 0 2-H
Total Departures Per Day 599

Terminal statistics[edit]

Terminal Statistics (2016)
Terminal Passengers Movements Gates[56] Airlines
1 33,038,766 338,139 104 Air Canada, Air Choice One, Air France, Alaska, American,
Boutique Air, Delta, Frontier, KLM, Spirit, United
2 4,473,896 37,244 14 Condor, Icelandair, Southwest, Sun Country
Varies 5,295 38,077 N/A Apple Vacations, Casino Express, Funjet Vacations,
Sun Country, Total Rewards Vacations
Totals 37,517,957 413,460 118

Annual passengers, movements & freight[edit]

(Sep 2015 - Aug 2016) vs (Sep 2016 - Aug 2017)[54]
Category (Sep 2015 - Aug 2016) (Sep 2016 - Aug 2017)  % Change U.S. Rank
Passenger Arrivals (Scheduled Only) 16,598,000 16,877,000 Increase 1.68% 12
Passenger Departures (Scheduled Only) 16,579,000 16,924,000 Increase 2.08% 12
Flight Arrivals (Scheduled Only)
Flight Departures (Scheduled Only) 174,451 178,150 Increase 2.12% 9
Freight/Mail in lbs. (Scheduled and Non-Scheduled) 424,000,000 445,000,000 Increase 5.00% 23
Carriers 26 26 Steady 0.00% Steady
By Calendar Year
Year Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (Pounds) Mail (Pounds)
2001 33,733,725 Steady 501,522 Steady N/A N/A
2002 32,629,690 Decrease 507,669 Increase N/A N/A
2003 33,201,860 Increase 512,588 Increase N/A N/A
2004 36,713,173 Increase 541,093 Increase N/A N/A
2005 37,663,664 Increase 532,239 Decrease N/A N/A
2006 35,612,133 Decrease 475,668 Decrease N/A N/A
2007 35,157,322 Decrease 452,972 Decrease N/A N/A
2008 34,056,443 Decrease 450,044 Decrease 496,595,947 Steady 18,931,024 alt=-  -
2010 32,839,441 Decrease 437,075 Decrease 448,769,723 Increase 19,840,160 Increase
2011 33,118,499 Increase 436,506 Decrease 434,468,322 Decrease 25,496,531 Increase
2012 33,170,960 Increase 425,332 Decrease 404,563,347 Decrease 33,459,970 Increase
2013 33,897,335 Increase 431,418 Increase 409,255,621 Increase 34,562,553 Increase
2014 35,152,460 Increase 412,698 Decrease 414,156,918 Increase 33,666,500 Decrease
2015 36,582,854 Increase 404,762 Decrease 410,010,641 Decrease 44,094,900 Increase
2016 37,517,957 Increase 413,460 Increase 419,780,501 Increase 36,449,921 Decrease

On time stats[edit]

MSP On-Time Performance Summary (Major U.S. Carriers Only)[57]
Category 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017* Rank**
Percentage On Time (Departures) 88% 84% 82% 85% 85% 85% 2
Percentage On Time (Arrivals) 87% 83% 81% 83% 84% 85% 1
Average Delay (Departures In Minutes) 56.77 58.63 58.24 57.35 68.03 68.03 20
Average Delay (Arrivals In Minutes) 56.56 60.04 58.83 58.78 71.02 73.10 23
Percentage Cancelled (Total) 0.68% 1.10% 1.28% 0.67% 0.68% 0.63% 4
Number Of Flights (Total In 000) 110.6 146.8 106.2 122.7 129.2 132.5 Steady
Number On Reporting Carriers 11 13 11 11 9 9 Steady
  • *Sep 2016 - Aug 2017
  • **Ranked only for major U.S. airports from Sep 2016 - Aug 2017

Airport statistics[edit]

Average Arrivals and Departures Per Day (November 2017)[58]
Commercial Air Taxi General Aviation Military Total
1,198 39 66 3 1,306
Based Aircraft (November 2017)
Prop-Engine Jet-Engine Military Total
28 135 16 179

Ground transportation[edit]

Terminal 1 light rail station

Car rental services are provided by Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt, and Thrifty. Lyft and Uber are approved to pickup and drop-off passengers at the airport.


From St. Paul and the eastern metro area, the airport can be accessed via Interstate 35E, Interstate 494, and Minnesota State Highway 5. The airport can be accessed from Minneapolis and the western metro area from Interstate 35W, Interstate 494, Minnesota State Highway 55, Minnesota State Highway 62, and Minnesota State Highway 77. From the southern metro area, the airport can be reached via Interstate 35E, Interstate 35W, and Minnesota State Highway 77.

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.

MSP long term plan[edit]

In 2004, Northwest Airlines, since merged into 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 Airlines 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, there are still plans in place to carry out these expansions. In August 2015, the Metropolitan Airports Commission approved a plan that looks out to the year 2035. At the meeting the airlines were split into three groups: All SkyTeam airlines, Southwest Airlines and all other passenger airlines.

The MAC looked at the following requirements for the Lindbergh Terminal and all SkyTeam partners:

  • 119 total gates are required in 2030
  • 13 gates must accommodate wide-body aircraft
  • Delta Air Lines and other SkyTeam airlines will have exclusive rights to the entire Lindbergh Terminal 1
  • 63 gates must accommodate medium and large regional aircraft
  • 20 gates must have access to international arrivals facilities

The MAC also looked into the following requirements for all Non-SkyTeam partners at the Humphrey Terminal 2:

  • 36 total gates are required in 2030
  • 2 gates must accommodate wide-body aircraft
  • 30 gates must accommodate narrow-body jet aircraft
  • 5 gates must have access to international arrivals facilities

The 36 gates required at the Humphrey Terminal in 2030 will serve predominantly narrow-body aircraft operated by airlines with hubs elsewhere and Sun Country Airlines, which operates a fleet of exclusively Boeing 737's. Most air service to MSP on these airlines are anticipated to be operated by common narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320.[59]

Airport improvements[edit]

Beginning in 2016, major changes will be coming to the airport due to the fact that by 2035, 50 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport every year. A new terminal 1 ticketing and baggage-claim area have been constructed so far. Improvements throughout Terminal 1 have included bigger, better bathrooms and new shops, and will continue. A new parking ramp, expected to be constructed by 2019 will help ease the parking congestion at the airport. A new hotel will be constructed by 2018, details below. At terminal 2, 4 new gates were added to possibly attract more airlines to terminal 2.[60]

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External links[edit]

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