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Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport
Wold–Chamberlain Field
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
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 187
Source: Passenger & Traffic Movements from MSP Airport.;[1] Runways and Based Aircraft from FAA[2]

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (ICAO: KMSPFAA LID: MSP) 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 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]


  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • Description 3
  • Airline/Airport lounges 4
  • MSP 2020 Vision 5
  • Airlines and destinations 6
  • Charter service 7
  • Top international destinations 8
  • Top domestic destinations 9
  • Airline stats 10
  • Terminal stats 11
  • Year by year stats 12
  • Airport stats 13
  • Cargo operations 14
  • Miscellaneous 15
  • Military facilities 16
  • Other buildings 17
  • Runways 18
  • Skyline Shuttle 19
  • Links 20
  • References 21
  • External links 22


MSP runways in March 2009, as seen from the southwest

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]


One of Terminal 1's moving walkways

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]

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.

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.

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. 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 resumed in the summer of 2014 using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Condor Airlines also began non-stop seasonal service to Minneapolis-St. Paul from Frankfurt in the summer of 2014. At one time Swiss International Air Lines 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. 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[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]

Airline/Airport lounges

Armed Forces Service Center is an all free lounge for traveling military which includes Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel and their dependents, as well as Department of Defense and PHS employees (on orders) and other members of the uniformed services on active duty. The center is located in Terminal 1 on the mezzanine level above the main ticket area by checkpoint 1.

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.

Escape Lounge is a club that is open to all passengers for a fee. It is located on the mezzanine level of the Airport Mall. (opens at the end of 2015)

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

MSP 2020 Vision

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

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
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Portland (OR) (begins February 18, 2016)[19] 1-E
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix 1-E
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, New York–LaGuardia (begins January 5, 2016), Philadelphia 1-E
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt 2-H
Delta Air Lines Houston-Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Missoula, Nashville, 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, Washington–National, Winnipeg (begins January 5, 2016)
Seasonal: Albany, Albuquerque, Buffalo, Calgary, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Cozumel, Eagle/Vail, Edmonton, Fairbanks, Grand Cayman, Green Bay, Honolulu, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Jackson Hole, Kalispell, Liberia (Costa Rica), Montréal–Trudeau, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Montego Bay, Nassau, New Orleans, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Rapid City, Reno/Tahoe, Rochester (NY), Rome–Fiumicino (begins May 26, 2016),[20] San Antonio, San José de Costa Rica, San Jose del Cabo, San Juan [21] St. Maarten, Syracuse, Traverse City, Tucson, Vancouver, Washington–Dulles
1-C, 1-D, 1-F, 1-G
Delta Connection 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, 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, Harlingen, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Idaho Falls, Lexington, Norfolk, Providence, Savannah (begins March 5, 2016), Spokane, Traverse City, Washington-National
1-A, 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, 1-F, 1-G
Frontier Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Trenton, Washington–Dulles
Great Lakes Airlines Huron (SD), Thief River Falls 1-B
Icelandair Reykjavík-Keflavík (begins April 27, 2016)
Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík (ends April 26, 2016)
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix, St. Louis
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale (begins January 6, 2016), Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa
Spirit Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa
Sun Country Airlines Boston, Cancún, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York–JFK, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington–National
Seasonal: Anchorage, Cozumel, Gulfport/Biloxi, 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, Tampa
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, San Francisco
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental
United Express Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles 1-E

Charter service

Airlines Destinations Terminal-Concourse
Apple Vacations operated by Sun Country Airlines[22] 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[23] 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[24] Atlantic City, Gulfport/Biloxi, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Tunica 1-E

Top international destinations

Busiest international routes from MSP (Jan - Dec 2014)[25]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Amsterdam, Netherlands 445,644 Delta
2 Toronto (Pearson), Canada 220,537 Air Canada, Delta
3 Paris (Charles de Gaulle), France 196,555 Air France, Delta
4 Cancún, Mexico 193,972 Delta, Sun Country
5 Tokyo (Narita), Japan 180,303 Delta
6 Winnipeg, Canada 161,032 Delta
7 London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 130,451 Delta
8 Vancouver, Canada 128,575 Delta
9 Calgary, Canada 124,620 Delta
10 Edmonton, Canada 100,402 Delta
11 Saskatoon, Canada 77,908 Delta
12 Montréal (Trudeau), Canada 65,791 Delta
13 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 63,045 Delta, Sun Country
14 Regina, Canada 51,803 Delta
15 Reykjavík (Keflavík), Iceland 41,035 Icelandair

Top domestic destinations

Busiest domestic routes from MSP (Aug 2014 - Jul 2015)[26]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 892,000 American, Delta, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado 775,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia 730,000 AirTran, Delta, Frontier, Southwest
4 Phoenix, Arizona 690,000 Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, US Airways
5 Los Angeles, California 573,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, United
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 521,000 Alaska, Delta, Sun Country
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 503,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
8 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 491,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
9 Chicago (Midway), Illinois 442,000 Delta, Southwest, Sun Country
10 San Francisco, California 431,000 Delta, Sun Country, United
Busiest domestic routes from MSP (Aug 2013 - Jul 2014 vs Aug 2014 - Jul 2015)[26][27]
Rank Airport Passengers
(Aug 2014-Jul 2015)
(Aug 2013-Jul 2014)
Change Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 892,000 824,000 +68,000 American, Delta, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado 775,000 756,000 +19,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia 730,000 736,000 -6,000 AirTran, Delta, Frontier, Southwest
4 Phoenix, Arizona 690,000 665,000 +25,000 Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, US Airways
5 Los Angeles, California 573,000 489,000 +84,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, United
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 521,000 501,000 +20,000 Alaska, Delta, Sun Country
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 503,000 510,000 -7,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
8 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 491,000 455,000 +36,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
9 Chicago (Midway), Illinois 442,000 449,000 -7,000 Delta, Southwest, Sun Country
10 San Francisco, California 431,000 383,000 +48,000 Delta, Sun Country, United

Airline stats

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 American Airlines (Including U.S. Airways and Regionals) 2,188,969 20,076 (3)
3 Southwest Airlines (Including AirTran) 1,885,779 16,892 (4)
4 Sun Country Airlines 1,672,881 16,839 (5)
5 United Airlines (Including Continental and Regionals) 1,297,274 20,408 (2)
6 Spirit Airlines 996,858 7,669 (6)
7 Frontier Airlines 456,105 3,265 (7)
8 Alaska Airlines 185,017 1,348 (9)
9 Air Canada (Including Regionals) 63,503 1,663 (10)
10 Air France 41,957 182 (12)
11 Icelandair 40,263 260 (11)
12 Great Lakes Airlines 11,462 2,080 (8)
13 Condor Airlines 9,825 46 (13)
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
Average weekday departures (Oct 2015)[28]
Rank Airline Departures
1 Delta Airlines (Including Regionals) 407
2 United Airlines (Including Regionals) 32
3 American Airlines (Including Regionals) 26
4 Southwest Airlines 25
5 Sun Country Airlines 22
6 Spirit Airlines 10
7 Frontier Airlines 5
8 Great Lakes Airlines 4
9 Air Canada (Including Regionals) 3
10 Alaska Airlines 2
11 Icelandair (Seasonal) 1
12 Air France (Seasonal) 0
13 Condor Airlines (Seasonal) 0
Total Departures Per Day 537

Terminal stats

Stats By Terminal (2014)
Terminal Passengers Movements Gates[29]
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

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

Average Arrivals and Departures Per Day (October 2015)[30]
Commercial Air Taxi General Aviation Military Total
1074 33 66 2 1175
Based Aircraft (October 2015)
Prop-Engine Jet-Engine Military Total
30 141 16 187
Runway Stats (October 2015)
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

Airlines Destinations
DHL operated by Atlas Air Cincinnati, Detroit
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 CSA Air Bemidji
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 Bemidji Airlines Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Eveleth/Virginia, 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


  • Terminal 1-Lindbergh square footage: 2.8 million
  • Terminal 1-Lindbergh gates: 114
  • Terminal 2-Humphrey square footage: 531,700
  • Terminal 2-Humphrey gates: 10 (opening 3 more gates with 4 jetways in 2016)
  • On-airport parking spaces: 22,900
  • Nonstop markets served: 137, including 114 domestic and 23 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%[31]

Military facilities

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

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. 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.[32]

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


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

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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External links

  • Official website
  • Minnesota Airport Directory: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Wold–Chamberlain Field) PDF (245 KB)
  • MAC Noise Homepage (official—interactive maps of flights and noise data)
  • Live Air Traffic Control streams including MSP
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective June 23, 2016
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KMSP
    • ASN accident history for MSP
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KMSP
    • FAA current MSP delay information
    • OpenNav airspace and charts for KMSP
  • FAA Airport Master Record for MSP (Form 5010 PDF)
  • Airport diagram for October 1959
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