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
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

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 (2015)
Passengers 36,582,854
Traffic Movements 404,612
Based Aircraft (2016) 187
Source: Passenger & Traffic Movements from MSP Airport.;[1] Runways and Based Aircraft from FAA[2]

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, Wold–Chamberlain Field (IATA: MSP, ICAO: KMSP, FAA 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 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 runways in March 2009, as seen from the southwest

In terms of passengers, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport is the 16th busiest airport in the United States as of 2014 and the 50th busiest in the world in 2015. 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 Airlines flies to four trans-oceanic destinations year round: Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Tokyo–Haneda, with one additional trans-oceanic flights seasonally to Reykjavík–Keflavik. Both Delta Airlines 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 has flights to Frankfurt. Icelandair has year round service to Reykjavík–Keflavik. KLM resumes service to Amsterdam in March 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 terminal exits of the airport are minutes away from Mall of America; careful flight pattern planning ensures aircraft never fly over the mall at low altitude.

MSP is the third 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]


One of Terminal 1's moving walkways
MSP Entrance
Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400 and 757-200 at MSP
FOX News Channel Stand
One of the skyways at MSP Airport
Plane Trail Takeoff at MSP

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, but will resume in 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. 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.

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


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]

MSP tram station
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]


Concourse C
Delta Airlines planes parked at Terminal 1
Minneapolis from the air
Sun Country Airlines 737-800

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.

Aircraft spotting locations

For information on the many aircraft spotting locations, follow this link to the Spotters Wiki page.

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.

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

MSP long term plan

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 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:

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

The 36 gates required at the Humphrey Terminal in 2030 will serve predominantly narrow-body aircraft operated by airlines with hubs elsewhere. 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.[19]

Airport improvements

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 will be constructed. Improvements throughout terminal 1 including bigger, better bathrooms and new shops. 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 are being added to possibly attract more airlines to terminal 2.[20]

Hotel (on-site)

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.[21][22][23]

Airlines and destinations


Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-212
Southwest Airlines 737-700
Spirit and American planes, from the observation deck
United Airlines A320
US Airways A319 in the retro America West livery
American Airlines MD-83
Air Canada Jazz CRJ-200
Delta 717 at the F concourse
Delta Connection Saab 340's
AirlinesDestinationsTerminal - Concourse
Air Canada Express Toronto–Pearson 1-E
Air Choice One Fort Dodge, Ironwood, Mason City 1-B
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle 1-G
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma 1-E
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Portland (OR) 1-E
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor 1-E
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National 1-E
Boutique Air Thief River Falls 1-B
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt 2-H
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam, Anchorage, Appleton, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Billings, Bismarck, Boise, Boston, Bozeman, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fargo, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jackson Hole, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Missoula, Newark, New Orleans, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Omaha, Orange County, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), 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
Seasonal: Albany, Albuquerque, Buffalo, Calgary, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Cozumel, Duluth, Edmonton, Fairbanks, Grand Cayman, Green Bay, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Kalispell, Liberia (CR), Manzanillo, Mazatlán, Montego Bay, Nashville, Nassau, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Rapid City, Reno/Tahoe, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rochester (NY), Saskatoon, San Antonio, San Jose del Cabo, San Juan, St. Maarten, Syracuse, Traverse City, Toronto–Pearson, Tucson, Vancouver, West Palm Beach (begins December 17, 2016),[24] Winnipeg
1-C, 1-D, 1-F, 1-G
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 (OH), 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 (begins March 1, 2017),[25] Memphis, Milwaukee, Minot, Missoula, Moline/Quad Cities, Montréal–Trudeau, 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, 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, Norfolk, Pellston, Savannah, Spokane, Traverse City, Washington–National
1-A, 1-B, 1-C, 1-D, 1-F, 1-G
Frontier Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Orlando 1-E
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík 2-H
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam (resumes March 27, 2017) [26] 1-G
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas (begins March 9, 2017),[27] Tampa
Spirit Airlines Atlanta, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando
Seasonal: Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston–Intercontinental, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, 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
Seasonal: Anchorage, Cozumel, Gulfport/Biloxi, Harlingen, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Liberia (CR), Manzanillo, Mazatlán, Miami, Montego Bay, Nassau, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San José del Cabo, Savannah, Tampa, West Palm Beach (begins December 16, 2016)[28][29]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco 1-E
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles 1-E


Sun Country Airlines 737-800
Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-700
Apple Vacations
operated by Sun Country Airlines[31]
Cancún, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (CR), Montego Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo 2-H
Casino Express
operated by Xtra Airways
Elko, Wendover 2-H
Funjet Vacations
operated by Sun Country Airlines[32]
Cancún, Cozumel, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (CR), Montego Bay, Nassau, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, San José del Cabo 2-H
Sun Country AirlinesFort Lauderdale, Laughlin/Bullhead City 2-H
Total Rewards Air
operated by Republic Airlines[33]
Atlantic City, Gulfport/Biloxi, Laughlin/Bullhead City, Tunica 1-E


DHL 767-200
Fed Ex MD11
UPS A300
DHL Aviation
operated by Atlas Air
Cincinnati, Milwaukee
DHL Aviation
operated by Encore Air Cargo
Thief River Falls
DHL Aviation
operated by Suburban Air Freight
Cincinnati, Omaha, Winnipeg
FedEx Express Appleton, Chicago–O'Hare, Detroit, 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
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

Busiest domestic routes from MSP (Sep 2015 – Aug 2016)[34]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois (ORD) 960,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado (DEN) 828,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) 752,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
4 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona (PHX) 703,000 American/US Airways, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country
5 Los Angeles, California (LAX) 622,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, United
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington (SEA) 558,000 Alaska, Delta, Sun Country
7 Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) 510,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
8 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 498,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
9 San Francisco, California (SFO) 447,000 Delta, Sun Country, United
10 Chicago–Midway, Illinois (MDW) 425,000 Delta, Southwest
Busiest domestic routes from MSP (Sep 2014 – Aug 2015 vs Sep 2015 – Aug 2016)[34][35]
Rank Airport Passengers
(Sep 2015-Aug 2016)
(Sep 2014-Aug 2015)
Change Carriers
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois (ORD) 960,000 908,000 Increase 52,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, United
2 Denver, Colorado (DEN) 828,000 776,000 Increase 52,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) 752,000 734,000 Increase 18,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
4 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona (PHX) 703,000 689,000 Increase 14,000 American/US Airways, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country
5 Los Angeles, California (LAX) 622,000 573,000 Increase 49,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country, United
6 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington (SEA) 558,000 524,000 Increase 34,000 Alaska, Delta, Sun Country
7 Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) 510,000 503,000 Increase 7,000 Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
8 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 498,000 495,000 Increase 3,000 American, Delta, Spirit, Sun Country
9 San Francisco, California (SFO) 447,000 436,000 Increase 11,000 Delta, Sun Country, United
10 Chicago–Midway, Illinois (MDW) 425,000 441,000 Decrease 16,000 Delta, Southwest
Largest Airlines at MSP (Sep 2015 – Aug 2016)[36]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Delta Air Lines 16,977,000 51.17%
2 SkyWest Airlines for (Alaska Airlines, Delta Connection and United Express) 3,098,000 9.34%
3 Endeavor Air for (Delta Connection) 2,371,000 7.15%
4 American Airlines 2,133,000 6.43%
5 Southwest Airlines 2,023,000 6.10%
6 Others 6,574,000 19.81%

Top international destinations

Busiest international routes from MSP (Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2015)[37]
Rank Airport Passengers Yearly
1 Amsterdam, Netherlands 459,100 Increase Delta
2 Cancún, Mexico 247,736 Increase Sun Country, Delta
3 Toronto (Pearson), Canada 247,729 Increase Air Canada, Delta
4 Paris (Charles de Gaulle), France 229,276 Increase Air France, Delta
5 Tokyo (Narita), Japan 179,362 Decrease Delta
6 Winnipeg, Canada 161,048 Increase Delta
7 London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 131,436 Increase Delta
8 Vancouver, Canada 123,565 Decrease Delta
9 Calgary, Canada 131,206 Increase Delta
10 Edmonton, Canada 99,523 Decrease Delta
11 Saskatoon, Canada 89,240 Increase Delta
12 Montréal (Trudeau), Canada 68,555 Increase Delta
13 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (winter seasonal) 67,550 Increase Sun Country, Delta
14 Regina, Canada 59,333 Increase Delta
15 Reykjavík (Keflavík), Iceland 56,221 Increase Icelandair
16 Frankfurt, Germany (summer seasonal) 10,692 Steady (New in 2015) Condor

Airline market share

Largest Airlines at MSP
(Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2015)
Rank Airline Passenger movements Aircraft movements(Rank)
1 Delta Air Lines (including Delta Connection) 25,844,791 277,797 (1)
2 American Airlines (including American Eagle and US Airways) 2,244,409 18,592 (3)
3 Sun Country Airlines 2,051,647 18,492 (4)
4 Southwest Airlines 1,884,704 15,874 (5)
5 United Airlines (including United Express) 1,567,854 19,560 (2)
6 Spirit Airlines 1,029,510 7,501 (6)
7 Frontier Airlines 453,762 3,403 (7)
8 Alaska Airlines 193,548 1,308 (10)
9 Air Canada (including Air Canada Express) 82,726 1,945 (9)
10 Air France (summer seasonal) 60,100 244 (12)
11 Icelandair 56,795 370 (11)
12 Condor Airlines (summer seasonal) 10,581 44 (13)
13 Great Lakes Airlines 8,765 2,648 (8)
N/A Air Freight N/A 12,789
N/A Charters 5,230 80
N/A General Aviation N/A 22,863
N/A Military N/A 1,252
Totals 36,582,854 404,762

Average daily flights

Average weekday passenger departures (November 2016)[38]
Rank Airline Departures
1 Delta Air Lines (including Delta Connection) 439 (June 2016)
2 American Airlines (including American Eagle) 32
3 Southwest Airlines 28
4 Sun Country Airlines 26
4 United Airlines (including United Express) 26
6 Spirit Airlines 13
7 Air Choice One 5
8 Air Canada (including Air Canada Express) 3
8 Alaska Airlines 3
8 Boutique Air 3
8 Frontier Airlines 3
12 Icelandair 1
13 Air France (summer seasonal) 0
13 Condor Airlines (summer seasonal) 0
13 KLM (summer seasonal) (resumes March 27, 2017) 0
Total Departures Per Day 582

Terminal statistics

Terminal Statistics (2015)
Terminal Passengers Movements Gates[39]
1 31,490,698 332,998 114
2 4,003,727 34,780 14 (4 added 2016)
Other 1,088,429 36,984 N/A
Totals 36,582,854 404,762 128

Annual passengers, movements & freight

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 -
2010 32,839,441 Increase 437,075 Increase 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

Airport statistics

Average Arrivals and Departures Per Day (November 2016)[40]
Commercial Air Taxi General Aviation Military Total
1,164 33 66 2 1,265
Based Aircraft (November 2016)
Prop-Engine Jet-Engine Military Total
30 141 16 187

Ground transportation

Light rail under Terminal 1
Terminal 1 light rail station

Bus service

Charter Buses
Located at the Terminal 1 Transit Center.
Jefferson Lines/Greyhound
Access is located in Terminal 1 at the Transit Center. Buses serve Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Metro Transit
(Terminal 1-Lindbergh)
Service is provided by Route 54. Located in the Transit Center on level 1 of the Blue and Red parking ramps.
(Terminal 2-Humphrey)
There isn't any bus service from this terminal. Passengers must use the free light rail to Terminal 1 and then proceed to the Transit Center.


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.

Federal Highways
U.S. 52

Interstate Highways
Interstate 35E
Interstate 35W
Interstate 494

Minnesota State Highways
MN 5
MN 55
MN 62
MN 77

Terminal 2 Light Rail Station
Terminal 1 Light Rail Station

Light rail stations (Metro Transit Blue Line)

(Terminal 1-Lindbergh Station)
Take the tram to the Transit Center and follow the signs.
(Terminal 2-Humphrey Station)
Is located on the north side of the Orange Parking Ramp.

Rental cars

On airport car rentals
(Terminal 1-Lindbergh)
Take the tram to the rental car facility on levels 2 and 3 of the Blue and Red parking ramps.
(Terminal 2-Humphrey)
Located in the Ground Transportation Center on the ground level of the Purple Parking Ramp across from the terminal building.

The following car rental companies have counters in both terminals
Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Off airport car rentals
The following companies are assessable from the Terminal 1 Transit Center. Shuttle buses pickup/drop off from this location.
They are Payless and Sixt.


Car2go is currently only available at Terminal 2. Terminal 1 is pending.
Lyft and Uber are approved to pickup and drop-off passengers at both Terminals 1 & 2 24/7.

Shuttle service

Chippewa Valley Airport Service [41] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from Baldwin, Eau Claire, Hudson and Menomonie.

Crimson Ride [42] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation from and to the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis.

Executive Express [43] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from many destinations within Minnesota and Iowa.

Go Carefree Shuttle [44] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from La Crosse and Winona.

Go Rochester Direct [45] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from the Rochester area.

Lakes Express [46] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from Brainerd, Elk River, Little Falls, Monticello and St Cloud.

Land to Air Express [47] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from Mankato area and points in between.

Northfield Metro Express [48] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from Northfield.

NWT Express Shuttle [49] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from Amery, Cumberland, Hayward, New Richmond, Rice Lake, St Croix Falls, Spooner and Turtle Lake.

Rochester Shuttle Service [50] is another shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from the Rochester area.

Skyline Shuttle [51] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from Duluth and points in between.

Star Shuttle Service [52] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from Rochester and the U.S. Highway 52 corridor.

SuperShuttle [53] is a shuttle service that provides ground transportation to and from destinations within the Twin Cities area.

Taxi service

(Terminal 1-Lindbergh)
Located on the Tram level or Level T.
(Terminal 2-Humphrey)
Located in the Ground Transportation Center which is in the Purple Ramp on the ground floor.

Military facilities

C-130 Minnesota Air National Guard at MSP

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.[55]

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

See also


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