September 2017 MAC Newsletter

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The Airport Mall at Terminal 1-Lindbergh

New concessions on tap for MSP

A local full-service steak and seafood restaurant, fresh-pressed juice bar, full-service casual Mexican or Latin cuisine establishment, local full-service bakery and café, and fast-casual Asian restaurant and bar: those are among the 30 food concepts to be developed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) by companies awarded the opportunities by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board.

New food court options in the Terminal 1-Lindbergh mall and on concourses A, C and F will be among the 30 venues as well as a variety of other new Terminal 1 restaurants and coffee shops. 

“Our goal was to provide a unique mix of locally and nationally branded restaurants with a wide variety of menu items and price points to satisfy everyone’s taste and budget,” said MAC CEO Brian Ryks. “The vendors selected to develop the next phase of MSP’s concessions program will greatly enhance the options available to travelers and help solidify the airport’s reputation as one of the best in the nation.”

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New parking ramp moves ahead at MSP

The Metropolitan Airports Commission's board recently approved the construction of a new parking ramp at Terminal 1-Lindbergh that will create 5,000 additional parking spaces.

The decision follows years of planning and will help prevent drivers being diverted to other locations on those occasions when the existing ramps at Terminal 1 reach capacity. The new ramp will also provide additional capacity for rental car operations.

The 11-story Silver Ramp will also have electrical vehicle chargers.

A view of the planned Silver Parking Ramp's exterior seen from the inbound roadway at Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

PCL Construction was awarded the bid for the new $240 million ramp after a competitive process.

Work related to the new ramp's construction is already underway at the site of the former exit plaza at Terminal 1. The ramp is currently expected to be completed in 2020.

MSP recognized for carbon emissions work by ACI-NA

A leading aviation industry association has recognized the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) for completing the second step of carbon accreditation – a process to reduce carbon emissions and advance sustainability efforts – at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), which administers the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, recognized the MAC for its work on carbon emissions. To achieve the second phase, the MAC developed a carbon management plan, documenting methods the MAC will use to implement carbon reduction strategies.

“The development of a carbon management plan is a significant step in the MAC’s ongoing efforts to reduce emissions at MSP,” said Brian Ryks, CEO and executive director of the MAC. “This certification by the leading industry program for reducing carbon emissions demonstrates our commitment to operate MSP Airport in a sustainable manner.”

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MAC Commissioners on hand to receive the certificate from ACI-NA (left to right): Mike Madigan, Randy Schubring, Richard Ginsberg, Katie Clark Sieben, ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin Burke, MAC Chairman Dan Boivin, Dixie Hoard.

Teams pull together for Minnesota Special Olympics

The Minnesota Special Olympics Plane Pull, held earlier this month at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, succeeded in raising $27,509 this year for the charity's programs in the state.

plane pull

The event on the west side of MSP's airfield drew hundreds, including 24 teams of eight people each, along with volunteers and friends and family of the participants.

The teams competed to pull a Delta Air Lines jet 25 feet in the shortest amount of time. The Airport Police Department's "Core" team placed third with a time of 9.17 seconds. 

The Airport Police Department, Fire Department, Allina Medical, MAC Field Maintenance, Host and Endeavor Airlines and other partners were integral in making the event a success. 

Full results for the Plane Pull are available at this website

The Airport Police Department fielded two teams in the Plane Pull.

Atif Saeed named new MAC VP of Finance


Atif Saeed (pictured) has been selected as the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s new vice president – finance and revenue development. 

“The Metropolitan Airports Commission must generate the funds it needs to operate, maintain and improve one of the nation’s largest airport systems,” said Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Executive Director and CEO Brian Ryks. “Atif Saeed has the business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit needed to strengthen, expand and diversify revenue streams in order to enhance financial stability throughout our organization.” 

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MSP Job Fair connects 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.

Employers present at the event included restaurants, retail stores, airport logistics, the 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.”

More than 21,000 people are employed on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport campus.

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

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