MSP is not part of any city but is nestled among several. The airport is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield.
MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings - Terminal 1-Lindbergh and Terminal 2-Humphrey - each with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other use the light rail transit service. There is no pedestrian access between the buildings.
The airport is managed and run by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), a public corporation established in 1943 by the Minnesota State legislature to provide for coordinated aviation services throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
MSP Ranking and Awards
The airport's 3,400 acres arguably comprise the most valuable economic generator between the St. Croix River and Seattle, supporting more than 76,000 jobs, $10.1 billion in business revenue, $3 billion in personal income, $1.9 billion in local purchases, and $611 million in state and local taxes. Click here to watch MSP: Sustaining a First Class Economy, a video detailing the economic impact of MSP.
MSP is the 16th busiest U.S. airport for passengers and 15th for aircraft operations. It's also a base for hometown carrier Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines' second largest hub.
The airport and its leadership have received various awards in numerous categories, including safety, fiscal management, labor relations, legal oversight, snow and ice control, concessions, airport design and development, and marketing and communications.
Most recently, MSP was named the 2017 top North American airport for efficiency excellence in its size category by the Air Transportation Research Society. The airport's retail program was also recently recognized as the best of any large airport in North America by Airports Council International-North America, and Skytrax named MSP's staff as the best in North America in 2016.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission is a self-funded public corporation, using rents and fees paid by airport users, not general tax dollars, to fund operations. Capital improvements are funded through Passenger Facilities Charges, aviation grants, bonding and revenues generated through airport operations.
On average, more than 400,000 landings and takeoffs (aircraft operations) occur at MSP every year. Most operations occur during daytime hours. However, to accommodate cargo business and flight schedule changes, some overnight operations are necessary.
Visit the Metro Airports website to view detailed passenger and operations reports.
MSP served more than 37 million travelers in 2016 making it 16th in North America in terms of number of passengers served annually.
For even more passenger data, please visit the Metro Airports website.
Numbers tell a great deal about MSP:
- Terminal 1-Lindbergh square footage: 2.8 million
- Terminal 1-Lindbergh gates: 104
- Terminal 2-Humphrey square footage: 626,165
- Terminal 2-Humphrey gates: 14
- On-airport parking spaces: 23,653
- Nonstop markets served: 158, including 129 domestic and 29 international markets.
- Cost to airlines per enplaned passenger: $6.32. MSP's 2016 estimated cost to airlines per enplaned passenger ranks among the lower third of large hub airports.
- Originating passengers: 58%
- Connecting passengers: 42%