MSP Newsletter, August 2017

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New art on display at Terminal 2-Humphrey

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recently installed four commissioned pieces of artwork at Terminal 2-Humphrey, all created by Minnesota artists and featuring themes emanating from the state’s natural beauty.

The new artwork captures the colors of the aurora borealis in glass tile, electric color and kinetic sculpture. The Minnesota artists are Danny Saathoff, Philip Noyed and Stacia Goodman. 

“The Metropolitan Airport Commission’s (MAC) vision is to provide passengers their best airport experience,” says Brian Ryks, CEO and executive director of the MAC, owner and operator of MSP Airport.  “These new installations help us do that by offering an uplifting space where people can connect with Minnesota’s natural beauty.”  

A video of the artwork can be seen here.

"Migration" by artist Danny Saathoff features illuminated zeppelin-style airships.

“The Northern Lights have always captivated our imagination,” says Arts @ MSP Director Robyne Robinson.  “These spectacular new works are presented in the ideal location – MSP Airport. Where else are we challenged to reach up, to follow and to fly?” 

"Aurora Borealis" is a luminous art piece by light artist Philip Noyed.

Complementing the commissioned works is a year-long exhibit of contemporary art, curated by Carolyn Payne, executive director of Soo Visual Arts Gallery in Minneapolis. Housed in a beautifully illuminated 15-foot display case, the exhibit also helps to promote and serve the greater Minnesota arts community.

The exhibit includes works by some of the Twin Cities’ top visual artists, such as Andrea Carlson, Alison Hiltner, Aaron Price, Syed Hosain, Michon Weeks and Terrance Payne.  

Arts @ MSP is a collaboration between the Airport Foundation MSP and the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

New exit plaza opens at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

A new exit plaza for cars departing parking ramps at Terminal 1-Lindbergh at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport opened last weekend.

The new exit plaza and pay stations are located closer to Hwy. 5 than the previous exit plaza, which will be razed  to make room for a new 5,000-car parking ramp. 

A video of a drive through the new exit plaza can be seen by clicking on the image below. 


After leaving the exit plaza drivers make a series of right turns to join the outbound roadway. 

That roadway leads past the Post Office and the new hotel, which is still under construction. The new roadway replaces two tight corners with mild bends that should improve the flow of traffic. 

A ground-breaking for the new parking ramp is scheduled for this fall.

MSP ranked in Top 10 US airports


The awards keep coming for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as Travel+Leisure magazine recently put the airport in the Top 10 in the United States.

In the World’s Best Awards survey, readers weighed in based on their travel experiences. Airports were rated on access, check-in and security, restaurants and bars, shopping and design.

Opportunities for a quick workout are increasingly popular too, and one of the reasons mentioned by Travel+Leisure for MSP’s top 10 placement. The airport has a 1.4-mile walking path in addition to treadmills that also serve as stand-up desks for travelers who want to get some work done while they walk. 

MSP recently added 50 new concessions, and 30 more are in the works. 

MSP Job Fair coming later this month


Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is holding a job fair later this month, and job seekers are encouraged to put it on their calendar now and get ready to explore opportunities.

The job fair takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Terminal 2-Humphrey.

The jobs are in hospitality, restaurant, retail, airline and aviation-related fields. The openings include both full-time and part-time positions and cover all skill levels. 

Attendees should plan to bring their resume and apply on site. Some employers will be hiring on the spot. 

Terminal 2-Humphrey is served by Blue Line Light Rail Transit. A second transit option involves taking the route 54 bus to Terminal 1-Lindbergh and then transferring to the Blue Line LRT to reach Terminal 2-Humphrey.

Current job listings at the airport can be found here.

Seasonal positions available with MAC maintenance


As the weather starts to turn again toward cooler temperatures, the Metropolitan Airports Commission is seeking seasonal workers to help with snow and ice removal, as well as other duties.

Seasonal employees do field maintenance work in all areas of the airport, including road repairs, fencing, signage, trash collection and general cleanup of air operational areas and public areas of the airport.

The work may include operating trucks, sweepers, tractors, mowers, snow plows, snow blowers, sanders, liquid chemical application vehicles, concrete saws, jack-hammers and related equipment.

A full job description and application information can be found here.

The seasonal positions are anticipated to last about five months. Those hired are eligible to receive medical, dental, vacation and other benefits. The hourly rate is $19.437 based on 2016 contract rates. The anticipated hours are 10:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, with possible overtime during snow events.

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