Plan ahead for your visit to MSP on Spring Break

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    Spring Break traffic picks up at MSP

    Spring break time in the Upper Midwest means travelers are bound for sunny destinations, leading to increased passenger traffic at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

    Data from the airlines serving MSP indicates that the number of passengers departing from the airport this year will be up 6.5 percent over last, with the heaviest traffic expected this month.

    While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the airport are geared up for the anticipated increase, travelers can do a few things to help their trips go smoothly. 


    Familiarize yourself with security screening procedures and your airline’s baggage rules– particularly if you are traveling with children or have unique needs. Download this handy Travel Checklist from the TSA. Preparing for your trip at home will improve your airport experience.

    Arrive at the airport two hours prior to your flight's departure time. This will allow you enough time to find a parking spot - if you're driving yourself here - get through security and to your departure gate.

    Onsite parking will likely be busy. Be sure to check availability here, or consider the Quick Ride Ramp at Terminal 1-Lindbergh. The ramp operates similar to an off-site parking facility, but it's located on airport property and saves you $9 a day over regular credit-card rates at the terminal's attached ramps.

    A shuttle that operates 24 hours a day will take you to the terminal directly from your parking space. When you return, simply take the shuttle back to the ramp where you will be dropped off right at your vehicle.

    Once through security, you’ll notice we’ve added new amenities, including lactation rooms for nursing mothers and indoor animal relief areas. On the way to your gate, look for our newest shops and restaurants. We’ve added nearly 50 of them in recent months as the airport undergoes a major reboot of all of its concessions.

    A few of those additions include a Dunkin Donuts, an iStore, Kiehl’s and local favorites LOLO, Angel Food Bakery and Republic. There are dozens more beyond those options, so keep your eyes open.

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