January 2015 MSP Airport E-Newsletter

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Spirit Airlines moving to Terminal 1 on Tuesday, January 27

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Spirit Airlines, the fastest-growing air carrier in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, will soon be moving from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) Terminal 2-Humphrey to MSP’s Terminal 1- Lindbergh.

Starting Jan. 27 with its 5:26 a.m. arrival and 6:17 a.m. departure, Spirit will begin operating out of Terminal 1’s Concourse E.

All Spirit Airlines’ passengers will want to take note of this change and date. Spirit passengers with departure dates prior to but arrival dates after Jan. 27, should especially take note, as they will be leaving from Terminal 2 and returning at Terminal 1. Both terminals are connected via light rail, and there is no charge for riding between terminals.

Spirit’s ticket counter at Terminal 1 will be located on the north end of the ticketing level near American and US Airways and adjacent to Security Checkpoint 2.

Spirit Airlines began service at MSP in May 2012, initially flying to only two cities: Chicago and Las Vegas. Less than two months later it announced it was adding daily service to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) and seasonal service to Ft. Lauderdale and Fort Meyers. Then, in early 2013, it announced new seasonal service to Denver and Phoenix, as well as expanded service to DFW. In August 2013, Spirit announced three new destinations (Tampa, Orlando and Los Angeles). And in May 2014, Spirit began service to Houston and Baltimore.

Today at MSP Spirit operates 11 flights daily.

After Jan. 27, Spirit Airline passengers can still choose to park at MSP Value Parking Ramps at Terminal 2 and take the light rail back to Terminal 1 to save $8 a day in parking fees.

The move will provide Spirit with more flexibility and space (two dedicated gates versus one common-use gate) and, in the short-term, will allow Sun Country and Southwest Airlines room to expand service at Terminal 2. To meet longer-term increases in aircraft gate demand at Terminal 2, the Metropolitan Airports Commission will begin construction of three additional aircraft gates there this spring. Those gates are expected to be completed by fall 2016.

MSP announces three airlines’ seasonal service resumption

Three seasonal service airlines have announced their resumption dates for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

Air France, which flies out of Terminal 1-Lindbergh, will resume service to Paris on May 4. Four-times-a-week service is being offered through June 7 when daily service begins. Service ends this year on September 1. Book your flight to Paris today at www.airfrance.us

Icelandair, a seasonal air service provider for 17 years at MSP, will resume service at Terminal 2-Humphrey in May. From May 12 through June 1, the airline is offering five times a week direct service to Reykjavik, Iceland, with connecting service to Europe. From June 1 through September 5, the frequency jumps to daily. Then, from September 5 through January 10, 2016, the airline is offering four times a week service. Book your trip today at www.icelandair.com

Condor Airlines resumes twice per week (Sunday and Wednesday) seasonal service to Frankfurt, Germany beginning June 24, 2015. Flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s Terminal 2-Humphrey, Condor also offers numerous connecting flights from Frankfurt throughout Europe. Condor began servicing Minneapolis-St. Paul International June 26, 2014. The last flight out of MSP will occur in early September, so book your European summer vacation now at www.condor.com.

MSP Airport offers service from every major US airline except one: JetBlue. (We’re working on it! We promise.)

Southwest Airlines completes integration with AirTran Airways

On December 29, 2014, AirTran Airways ceased to exist as it flew its final flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International to Tampa Bay International.

Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran in September 2011. 

Southwest began flying from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) Terminal 2-Humphrey in March 2009 with eight daily flights to Chicago’s Midway Airport. (AirTran Airways was also based at Terminal 2.)

Less than a month later the airline announced it would expand its operation to include three daily flights to Denver.

To book a flight on Southwest Airlines go to www.southwest.com or 1-800-I-FLY-SWA. (Note: Southwest Airlines will not show up on Web sites that aggregate and sort other airlines’ flight schedules and fares. You must search and book on its site.)

Film screening room opens at MSP Airport

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Looking for something different to pass the time at MSP? Next time you’re flying through, take the unique opportunity to check out our newest arts amenity: the see18 film screening room on Concourse C. 

A first-of-its kind in a North American airport, the see18 screening room was created as a relaxing space where passengers can get a taste of what Minnesota and the region has to offer in film. Just make your way to Gate C18 and follow the brightly patterned carpet right into the space.

The MSP Arts and Culture program, responsible for the content and operation of the screening room, partnered with the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul to curate the best that Minnesota and the Upper Midwest has to offer. And planning is already in the works for the next round of films, shorts and documentaries, this time with assistance and content provided by the good people at Twin Cities Public Television.

Currently eight short films are showing in rotation. Topics and genres run the gamut. Whether it’s an animated short about a lumberjack who knits or an inside look at Minnesota’s history of improvisational theatre or a dramatic documentary about one couple’s fiftieth anniversary, there’s something sure to pique your interest.

MSP Airport welcomes Minnesota Wild restaurant to Terminal 2

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Love hockey? Then this one is for you. Not a hockey fan? You’ll still love the food and views of the airfield at this new Terminal 2-Humphrey venue.

In December, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport welcomed the Minnesota Wild restaurant to its ever-expanding dining options at Terminal 2. From the Minnesota shaped hockey puck wall to the history of hockey masks display, this new restaurant celebrates everything Wild and everything hockey. Even better, the restaurant boasts an upscale bar menu that includes salads, sliders, nachos, flatbread pizzas, burgers, and classic sandwiches. Located across from Security Checkpoint 2, the restaurant replaces Fletcher’s Wharf.

For those with less time, now open and  adjacent to the Minnesota Wild restaurant is the MSP|MKT, a full service marketplace and carvery serving thick-stacked deli sandwiches made with freshly shaved meats and gourmet cheeses as well as crisp salads and artisan pizzas and flatbread. Local produce is a focus of this new eatery, which purchases from Minnesota farms whenever possible.  

Airport food is a world away from what it used to be – and we’ve got the proof! So next time you’re flying out of Terminal 2, consider arriving early and enjoy a delicious pre-boarding meal with something special from one of these two new venues.

Park at MSP’s Terminal 2 and save $8 a day

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Looking to keep more cash in your pocket for that spring break trip? You’re in luck. Terminal 1-Lindbergh passengers can save $8 per day by parking in Terminal 2-Humphrey’s Value ramp and taking the light rail to Terminal 1 for their flight. That’s $56 a week you now have to spend on that kite-boarding lesson, trinkets for the grandchildren or tropical drinks at the pool.

Just make your way to the Orange ramp at Terminal 2, park and follow the signs to Light Rail Transit. If you have a large group with lots of luggage or need additional assistance due to mobility concerns, you can also take the Special Needs Shuttle, leaving every 15 minutes or so from the ground transportation center on the ground level of the parking ramp.

Speaking of parking…Have you heard about our Surepark® application? Created to help travelers make decisions about where to park at MSP, Surepark® tells you how full MSP’s ramps are at any given time. For real-time parking information, you can call 1-877-359-7275 for an audible message, go online, or have a text message sent to you as you’re on your way to the airport. Check it out the next time you’re ready to head for MSP.

Choose the airport parking option that’s right for you. Visit http://www.mspairport.com/parking.aspx.

Airport concessions opportunities available

In 2015, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) will embark on a two-phase rebid campaign of nearly all MSP Airport concessions units. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued in early 2015 for interested companies to submit their concession concepts. The focus of the first phase is primarily retail-oriented, though proposals for more than a dozen food and beverage establishments will be sought as well.
An RFP ensures all companies have a fair, timely and clear path to present concepts for consideration. Additionally, it enables the MAC to review, compare and evaluate all concept submissions during one period of time, using the same prescribed criteria, and to contract with the operator who best meets the goals for each particular opportunity.

Learn more about the process by viewing or downloading the presentations from the Nov. and Dec. 2014 Airport Leasing Series.

VIDEO: A Day in the Life of MSP Airport

We all know airports are busy places, and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is certainly no exception. With almost 20,000 airport workers and 90,000 passengers traversing the airport every day, we thought it would be fun to show you, in less than two and a half minutes, just how much happens around here in 12 hour period.

Sit back and buckle up!

A Day in the Life of MSP Airport will open in YouTube.

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