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1. Officials broke ground on a 600,000 square foot terminal on October 26, 1958.
2. The completed terminal was dedicated January 13, 1962, followed by an open house featuring the Augsburg College Band and the Business and Industrial Choral Society.
3. On January 21 at 2 a.m., the new terminal commenced operations.
4. The first arrival was a 3:30 a.m. Northwest Airlines flight.
5. Designed to accommodate 14,000 passengers a day, the terminal has undergone numerous expansions and now serves some 80,000 passengers a day on average.
6. The original terminal design anticipated expansion needs and provided numerous options. The terminal today boasts 2.8 million square feet.
7. The folded-plate construction of the terminal’s six-inch-thick concrete roof allowed for expansive, unobstructed ticketing and public space.
8. To build the roof, concrete had to be pumped to the roofline 60 feet high from trucks sitting about 100 yards away.
9. The terminal wasn’t named the Lindbergh Terminal until 1985, when the building was rededicated to Minnesota aviator Charles A. Lindbergh.
10. The numeric designator “1” was added to the terminal name in 2010 as a means of winning approval from transportation officials to erect highways signs directing drivers to the correct MSP terminal.
11. The 24-gate Terminal 1-Lindbergh was built for $8.5 million. Terminal 2-Humphrey, which opened with eight gates in 2004, cost $80 million.
12. Terminal 1-Lindbergh now has 117 gates.
13. Services in the Ticketing Lobby initially included a drugstore and a children’s nursery.
14. Food services, which were located toward the concourses, included a dining room, snack bar and coffee shop, all serviced by a common kitchen. Today, there are 47 food service venues in the terminal.
15. There were only two concourses originally, called Piers B and C.  The names sounded too similar when announced over the 1960s public address system, however, so the concourse names were soon changed to the Blue and Red concourses (now concourses E and F).
16. Gate areas were on ground level; aircraft serving MSP weren’t large enough to require passenger loading bridges.
17. Of the seven airlines that served the new terminal when it opened, only United still exists. The others were Ozark, Eastern, Northwest, Western, North Central and Braniff.
18. Of the 184,898 aircraft operations at MSP in 1962, only 36 percent (66,405) were airline operations. In 2010, 90 percent of operations at MSP were conducted by passenger airlines.
19. Airlines carried fewer than 2 million passengers to and from MSP the year the terminal opened, compared to about 33 million in 2011.
20. British boy band The Beatles brought hordes of teenage fans to the airport to see the famous mop tops’ arrival in 1965.
21. Service to Europe from MSP began in 1969, stopping in Detroit en route to London. Non-stop service didn’t commence for another 10 years, with service to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Glasgow. Today, year-round non-stop service from MSP is available to Amsterdam, London and Paris – as well as to Tokyo and numerous Canadian cities.
22. In February 1969, Universal Studios began filming the movie Airport at MSP, starring Burt Lancaster, Maureen Stapleton, Dean Martin, George Kennedy and Helen Hayes and featuring a fictitious airline: Trans-Global.
23. In the film, Minneapolis-St. Paul International was called Lincoln International Airport.
24. MSP was chosen for the film, in part, because of Minnesota’s snowy winters.  However, the weather was unseasonably dry during filming, forcing producers to resort to plastic snow and wind machines.
25. The first baggage carousels were installed in 1970.
26. The volunteer-operated Servicemen’s Center opened in the terminal in 1970, during the Vietnam War, serving active duty military personnel. It is now called the Armed Forces Service Center and is still staffed largely by volunteers.
27. The first parking ramp was built in 1970, with space for 850 vehicles on the ground floor and 250 on the second floor. Today, the four ramps at Terminal 1-Lindbergh accommodate more than 16,000 vehicles, including rental cars.
28. Unlike all the other concourses at MSP, Concourse G is leased exclusively to Delta Air Lines. The public and concessions areas revert to the MAC’s control in 2016.
29. An expansion to the Gold Concourse in 1986 included installation of MSP’s first moving walkway. Today, Terminal 1-Lindbergh has more than 8,000 feet (about a mile and a half) of moving walkway.
30. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport had only a single terminal until 1986, when the original Hubert H. Humphrey International Charter Terminal was cobbled together from a United Airlines hangar and cargo facility.
31. Pay toilets weren’t removed from the terminal until the mid-1970s.
32. Terminal 1-Lindbergh was designed and built at a time when airline routes and schedules were highly regulated by the federal government. The industry was deregulated in 1978, paving the way for free-market competition among airlines, the development of airline hubs, and a string of airline mergers and acquisitions that continues to this day.
33. Terminal 1-Lindbergh became a major hub in 1986, when MSP’s two largest airline tenants, Northwest and Republic, merged to become the nation’s fourth largest carrier.
34. By the late 1990s, more than half the travelers using MSP were connecting travelers rather than those whose trip began or ended in the Twin Cities.  By 2010, the percentage of connecting travelers had fallen slightly, to 46 percent.
35. Although Delta Air Lines didn’t launch service to MSP until June 1, 1984, it became the dominant carrier after it acquired Northwest Airlines in 2008.
36. Great Lakes Airlines is the most recent carrier to launch service at MSP, in December 2011. Southwest Airlines began serving MSP in 2009 and Alaska Airlines in 2008. Every major U.S. airline except Jet Blue now serves MSP.
37. In 1996, the Minnesota Legislature directed that Minneapolis-St. Paul International be expanded at its present site rather than replaced by a new airport in Dakota County, triggering campus-wide airport improvements, including significant changes to Terminal 1-Lindbergh.
38. Between 1990 and 1998, when the bulk of the expansion began, the number of passengers whose trips began or ended at MSP increased by a whopping 46 percent.
39. Through the $3.2 billion MSP 2010: Building a Better Airport expansion program, Concourse C was expanded and two new regional concourses, A and B, were developed. Other Terminal 1-Lindbergh improvements included new parking and auto rental facilities, new concessions space, a new transit center, two automated tram systems, and a skyway connecting concourses C and G.
40. New regional concourses A and B were among the first in the nation to offer dedicated gate hold areas and landing bridges for commuter flights. Concourse B rises from the airfield and connects to the rest of the terminal via an underground tunnel.
41. Prior to the 2010 expansion, Terminal 1-Lindbergh had fewer than 70 gates, compared to 117 today.
42. Terminal 1-Lindbergh’s light rail transit station, also constructed as part of the MSP 2010 program, sits 70 feet below ground. To connect the airport’s terminals to light rail, two 1.8-mile long tunnels had to be bored into the earth under the active airfield. The technology used was similar to that employed in digging the “Chunnel” beneath the English Channel, connecting France and England.
43. Prior to installation of the Return to Terminal Loop Bridge, which runs from the outbound roadway to inbound Glumack Drive, people circling in order to pick up arriving travelers at Terminal 1-Lindbergh had to leave the airport grounds. Instead of simply following the Terminal loop signs, drivers would have to enter Highway 5 east bound, exit at Post Road and take the ramp to Highway 5 west bound in order to get back to the terminal to see whether their party had arrived.
44. The terminal offers a marked, 1.4-mile Start! Walking exercise path created through a partnership among the MAC, then-Northwest Airlines and the American Heart Association.
45. Gates on Terminal 1-Lindbergh’s Concourse D are leased to Delta Air Lines on a short-term basis and can be terminated on 90 days’ notice if needed to provide space for new or expanded service by other carriers.
46. Interactive touch-screen directories were installed at both ends of the Terminal 1-Lindbergh Airport Mall in 2010, enabling travelers to get full listings of airport restaurants, shops and services; map the route to them; view menus of full-service restaurants; enter search information for foods in which they are interested in order to get a list of where they are served; identify walk times to various points in the terminal; and obtain information on the status of their flight.
47. While the terminal no longer has a children’s nursery, it does offer a Family Center at the entrance to Concourse E and a children’s play area and Nursing Mothers Room on Concourse C.
48. Over the next 18 months, Delta Air Lines and OTG will invest $40 million in Concourse G improvements, including development of 11 new restaurants and markets. Restaurants will extend into gate areas so travelers can keep an eye on their flight while ordering food and beverages from iPads located at each table.
49. More than 50 million people are expected to travel through MSP by the year 2030.
50. MSP’s 2030 long term comprehensive plan envisions numerous future improvements to Terminal 1-Lindbergh, including renovation of Concourse E, further expansion of Concourse G, a new international arrivals facility, addition of two more parking ramps, extension of the underground tram system, development of a hotel and significant changes to the roadway system. 
Terminal l-LindberghAn early view of Terminal 1-Lindbergh 

 Ticketing 1963

Ticketing area of the Lindbergh terminal in 1963.

 Beatles arrive at MSP

British boy band The Beatles brought hordes of teenage fans to the airport to see the famous mop tops’ arrival in 1965.


A view of the ticketing level of Lindbergh terminal in 1976.

parking 1977

Parking cashier at Lindbergh terminal in 1977.

A view of what is now the mall at terminal 1.

Ticketing level at Lindbergh terminal.

Delta 80s

Delta aircraft from the 1980s.

A view of the mall at Lindbergh terminal in 1996.