MSP Newsletter, September 2017

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MSP Job Fair brings together seekers and employers

The MSP Job Fair held Aug. 29 drew a crowd to Terminal 2-Humphrey, as dozens of job-seekers and 23 airport businesses gathered to make connections.

The variety of employers present at the event included restaurants, retail stores, airport logistics, MAC and airline and aviation-related businesses.

“We were delighted by the turnout at the job fair and happy to bring together applicants and employers,” said Liz Grzechowiak, the assistant director of concessions and business development for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. “MSP is a great place to work with strong wages and benefits and immense flexibility. Job fair attendees could see for themselves the wide range of opportunities that businesses here offer.”

Job Fair attendees and airport employers meeting recently at Terminal 2-Humphrey.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport campus employs a total of approximately 19,000 people, including airline positions.

A list of current job openings at the airport can be found here.

State of the Airport luncheon coming Friday, Sept. 29


The State of the Airport Annual Luncheon is taking place on Sept. 29 at The Hilton Minneapolis, and you’re invited to attend.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (pictured) will speak at the event, and Brian Ryks, the CEO and executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, will update attendees on recent events and trends at MSP. Ryks will also discuss how the airport is being reimagined for the future.

The event on Friday, Sept. 29 starts with check-in and networking beginning at 11 a.m., and the lunch and presentations starting at noon.

More information about the State of the Airport luncheon is available here.

Flights to New Orleans and Austin, Texas added at MSP


Sun Country Airlines kicked off seasonal service recently to two new cities from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

On Aug. 24 weekly service began to Santa Rosa/Sonoma County in the heart of California’s wine country. Those flights will be offered through Dec. 3. The service coincides with the region’s crush harvest season, complete with wine, beer, film and art festivals.

Weekly service to Austin, Texas launched on Aug. 31 and will continue through Dec. 10

The new Sun Country destinations are served by one round-trip flight per week, departing on Thursdays and returning on Sundays. 


Also, Spirit Airlines announced on Aug. 25 that it will start offering non-stop flights to New Orleans four times a week from MSP.

The new service, beginning Nov. 9, will depart MSP four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Spirit also recently added service to New Orleans from Boston, Newark and Tampa. The low-cost airline flew 638,000 travelers to and from New Orleans in 2016.

For more information and booking details visit Spirit’s website.

In the blink of an eye, Iris arrives at MSP


If you’re in the market for a more professional-looking headshot photo, an easy solution awaits you at MSP International Airport.

An Iris photo booth recently opened at the airport on Concourse C, and it gives travelers the chance to take a new headshot and edit it to their specifications.

The private booth offers an option to pay on site or pay online before you arrive. The client is seated facing a screen and on-screen instructions guide you through the process. A foot pedal that you control is used to snap the photos.

You then choose your favorite photo to edit. A number of changes are available, including whitening your teeth, hiding blemishes and softening skin tone. Other options are available online later. 

When you’re done, you can log onto IRIS’s website to download, edit and share your new photo.

Pictured: A sample of an Iris headshot, the finished product.

You can find Iris near Gate C9, across from the Inspired Life + Art shop.


MSP Celebrates Success

The last week of August marked MSP International Airport's "Celebrate Success" event to recognize people who work for a variety of businesses across the airport campus for their outstanding customer service.

The event followed two awards that MSP won last spring. Skytrax ranked MSP as tops in the U.S. for staff service in its 2016 World Airport Awards. That survey utilized 13.82 million airport questionnaires completed at 550 airports worldwide.  

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Ramp workers at MSP enjoy an ice cream treat during Celebrate Success.

The Skytrax survey evaluates traveler experiences across different airport service and product performance indicators, from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration, through departures at the gate.

Also last spring, Airports Council International ranked MSP No. 1 in North America for an airport in our size category. That win was also based on customer surveys.

Approximately 19,000 people work in jobs directly related to MSP Airport operations, including airline employees and contractors, federal security and immigration workers, concessionaires, MAC employees and many others. 

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