August 2015 MSP News

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Existing mall will be transformed over the next 18 months - Terminal 1-Lindbergh

49 new retail and restaurant venues coming to MSP

A restaurant and bar with live music, a full-service craft beer bar and restaurant, and a food truck-style food court are just three of the 49 new restaurant, retail, and convenience and news concepts approved for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board Aug. 17.

The decision was the result of a competitive process that involved months of regional and national outreach to inform businesses of the opportunity and the publishing of a request for proposals in March 2015. Specifically, the MAC was seeking to:

  • Enhance participation by regional businesses, operators and suppliers as well as disadvantaged business enterprises
  • Expand the variety of products and price points available to consumers, including a broader selection of ethnic foods
  • Attract high-impact national brands
  • Increase duty-free shopping opportunities
  • Reflect national trends toward craft beer and cocktails, unique merchandise, and blended food and entertainment experiences 

Fifty total concession opportunities encompassing 72,000 square feet of terminal space were split among 14 batches, most of which include multiple venues and terminal locations.

Companies submitted a total of 54 proposals. The review team then spent weeks poring through, discussing and scoring the documents to select the proposals it would recommend the MAC board approve. Each proposal was scored based on its financial plan, merchandising, concept and design plan, Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program participation, and management and operations plan. The proposal with the most points for each batch was selected for recommendation.

The review team’s recommendations were presented to the MAC’s Management and Operations Committee for consideration Aug. 3, and the full board made final decisions on the award of each batch at its Aug. 17 meeting.

For a list of the winning proposers, go to the News and Events page on the MAC’s website.

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Escape Lounge - Rendering
Rendering of the Escape Lounge at MSP

Escape common-use lounge to open by year's end

The English are coming to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in the form of the airport's first common-use lounge.

Manchester Airport Group (M.A.G.-USA) out of England, has won a contract to construct and operate one of their signature Escape Lounges at Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

Located on the mezzanine level of the Airport Mall, this lounge, unlike airline lounges, will be open to anyone traveling on any airline. For about $45 per day, travelers will enjoy complimentary food and drinks, free WiFi, a variety of newspapers and magazines, and a comfortable and quiet atmosphere.

“We are very excited about the launch of our first Escape Lounge in the USA and to partner with Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport," said Rosemarie Andolino, President and CEO of M.A.G – USA. “The Escape Lounge at MSP will be our flagship lounge and will provide the airport’s passengers with an opportunity to begin their travel in the most enjoyable and relaxing manner possible.

“M.A.G.’s Escape Lounge is one more way everyone who travels through Minneapolis–St. Paul International will be able to enjoy a V.I.P. travel experience," said Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director/CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. "We are proud to be the first U.S. airport to offer an Escape Lounge, an amenity that has proven popular among travelers overseas.”

M.A.G. – USA will invest more than $2 million in the 5,000-sq-ft Escape Lounge, which is scheduled to open before the end of 2015. M.A.G. already operates five Escape Lounges across its four U.K. airports, collectively serving 500,000 passengers per year.

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rendering of clearstory
Rendering of clerestory across from Gate H7 at Terminal 2-Humphrey

Construction begins at Terminal 2-Humphrey

Over the next six months passengers will notice construction barriers around Cocina Del Barrio and along the walkway from Checkpoint 1 to just past Gate H7.

So what’s going on behind those walls anyhow?

Terrazzo. That’s what.

To match the floors in the future gate area, Terrazzo is being installed all along the walkway and in the area outside Barrio, which is being turned into a rotunda with a clerestory that will bring even more natural light into the space.

In the meantime, the vendors at Terminal 2 want you to know they are OPEN FOR BUSINESS. It may not look like it, but Subway, Surdyk’s Flights, Caribou Coffee, Barrio and MSP Magazine News are ready to serve you as improvements are made to the space.

Once this portion of the project is complete, work will move to the south end of the building. This is all in preparation for a project that will add gates at the north end of the building to accommodate expected growth in passenger traffic.

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Looking into the future of MSP

The Metropolitan Airports Commission – owner of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – is in the midst of updating the airport’s long term comprehensive plan (LTCP).
The LTCP is updated every five years, with the previous LTCP completed in 2010 for the year 2030.

This plan looks out 20 years to 2035 and will provide MAC board members, airport planners and the public with necessary information to plan for facility improvements to meet future passenger and operational demands.

As Minnesota’s population and economy grows, so will demand for air transportation services.

For airports, the most important pieces of information for preparing a LTCP are the anticipated number of passengers and anticipated number of aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs). These numbers are key to understanding where and at what point the airport may experience deficiencies at its facilities.

Based on forecasts prepared by partner consultants, the MAC projects that, by the year 2035, more than 54 million passengers will pass through the airport annually. In comparison, in 2014 the airport accommodated 35 million passengers.

The number of landings and takeoffs are projected to be approximately 511,000 compared with the 412,000 operations in 2014. The airport’s peak year was 2004 with more than 540,000 landings and takeoffs when the airport had only three runways and Runway 17/35 was being built.

So, while MSP’s current runway configuration is expected to accommodate the forecasted number of aircraft operations, the more significant consideration is the forecasted number of passengers. In fact, passenger levels are already beginning to strain facilities, impacting the airport’s ability to deliver its desired level of customer service.

The public process is underway.
So far the public process has included 32 separate briefings to city governments and interested parties over the past 8 months. Then, in October, a public comment period – which will include two public information meetings – will commence after the MAC Board gives staff the approval to publish the draft 2035 LTCP in September.

The 2035 LTCP noise contours are not used to determine eligibility for noise mitigation.
The projected 2035 noise contours are meant to provide an additional level of information about the long-term outlook for MSP. They are not used to determine eligibility for noise mitigation. There is also already a noise mitigation program in place.

Learn more by downloading the 2035 MSP LTCP Frequently Asked Questions document.

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kids plane for 2015 plane pull
Metropolitan Airports Commission carpenters are multi-talented!

Plane pull to benefit Special Olympics

This year's Plane Pull just got a little more family friendly – and even more fun.
Thanks to the skilled work of Pat Joyce, one of MSP Airport’s carpenters, and his crew, kids can take part in this year's Plane Pull, using their very own pint-sized plane. Add face painters and bounce houses and you have an event that all ages can enjoy.

As for the adults, teams of up to eight people will compete to determine who can pull a Delta Air Lines jet 25 feet in the shortest time. To participate, each team is asked to solicit a minimum of $1,000 in pledges for Special Olympics Minnesota. Winners walk away with bragging rights for the entire year.

The event will take place at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 7109 Longfellow Ave., Minneapolis. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and opening ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. Last year's pull drew 19 teams and raised nearly $30,000 to benefit Special Olympics athletes.

Grab your seven strongest friends, and register your team today. To sign up, visit by Sept. 10. If you miss the online deadline, you can register at the event.
This family-friendly event is presented by Minnesota law enforcement agencies as part of their year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts; co-sponsors include HMSHost, EndeavorAir, Delta, and, of course, the MSP Airport Police Department.

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BarFLY opens at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

From a Mad Men-style Manhattan to the Queen Mum’s daily Dubonnet there is a long and artistic history to the craft of cocktails.

MSP’s newest cart, BarFLY, inspires the mixologist in all of us with bar accessories and cocktail mixers. Not satisfied with the in-flight cocktail menu? BarFLY sells kits to take on the plane. Make yourself a perfect Manhattan, gin and tonic, or Moscow Mule or mix up some bitters and show your seatmate your dedication to the craft.

BarFLY is located on Concourse C near Gate C12. Stop by to learn more about the science of the sauce. 

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Local artist wins bid to show artwork at MSP

Lonnie Broden Artist

The Airport Foundation MSP is pleased to announce Minnesota artist Lonnie Broden is the winner of a first-of-its-kind art competition at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

Broden was selected from among a dozen artists to exhibit her beautiful mixed media 2-D landscapes and landmarks for one year at the MSP Airport Administration and Operations Office in Terminal 1 – Lindbergh. 

A world traveler, Lonnie captures the impressions of what it’s like to visit private and popular places we remember and long to experience.  

Using a combination of painting, photography and computer technology, Lonnie blends and reshapes space and time, creating a new visual essay of what she sees:  everything from fishing ports in Norway to the Farmer’s Market in downtown Minneapolis.

A former director of exhibit design for the Science Museum of Minnesota, Lonnie also was the featured artist at the 2009 Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis.

Artists were required to present two-dimensional work concentrating on themes of air, motion, flight and nature.

The Conference Center is located inside the secure area on the mezzanine level above Chili’s Too in the Airport Mall. Passengers have access to the exhibit through the MSP Airport Conference Center doors.

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aircraft flying into MSP

MSP passenger and operations report

July, as expected, was a busy month at MSP with the total number of passengers for July up by more than four percent. Year to date over 2014 that number is 2.72 percent.

And yet the number of operations compared with last year continues to decrease. In July air carriers at MSP flew 37,459 flights, a 0.68 percent reduction over July 2014. So far in 2015 MSP has experienced three percent fewer flights than in 2014.

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