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Aerial photo of Runway 17/35 at MSP airport

Long Term Facility Planning

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) updates Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's (MSP) Long Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) every five years. The last update occurred in 2010 for the planning horizon of 2030. To stay on schedule, the MAC initiated an update in 2015 that looks out to the year 2035.

The 2035 plan will focus on improvements to passenger facilities to meet 2035 forecasts, as did the previous plan for the year 2030. No significant improvements are contemplated for the airfield, as it has adequate capacity as is.

A pre-draft publication meeting to help members of the public better understand the LTCP process was held Thursday, August 27, 2015. Learn more here:

Publication of the draft report has been deferred so that additional runway use data can be collected. The MAC anticipates the draft will be published in January 2016, at which time the public will have an opportunity to formally comment.

The most recent LTCP can be found here: Final MSP Airport 2030 LTCP Document

Building a Better Airport

As a result of the Minnesota State Legislature's 1996 decision to expand the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) at its present site rather than build a new airport, the Metropolitan Airports Commission is completing a 14-year capital improvement plan called MSP 2010: Building a Better Airport

The results of this $3.2 billion program are impressive. No part of the airport campus - facilities, roadways or airfield - was left untouched. Since construction began in 1998, the program has won awards in virtually every area of construction and design.


A more detailed account of the program is available by downloading the MSP 2010:Building a Better Airport summary report.