MSP Newsletter, October 2017

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MSP is ready for MEA

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is set to mark the MEA school break with a week of activities for kids and families.

The MEA break includes the busiest travel day of the year at MSP, typically the Wednesday (Oct. 18) before the four-day weekend. Travelers will find activities at both terminals to provide more memories from their MEA trip. 


Airport staff will be handing out drawstring backpacks with some goodies inside. Directions to fun things to experience at MSP will also be included. The week's activities are themed to emphasize S.T.E.M. topics - science, technology, engineering and math. 


An attempt at the world record for doughnut stacking will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and representatives from the Science Museum of Minnesota will be at the airport throughout the week with hands-on engineering demonstrations.

Get to MSP early to enjoy the fun before you head to your destination!

Study shows MSP's large economic impact on region

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) supports 86,900 jobs, creates $2.5 billion in annual spending by visitors to the area and generates $15.9 billion in total economic output annually according to an economic impact study just completed by InterVISTAS Consulting, Inc.

"MSP International Airport does more than get people and cargo from point to point. It serves as a powerful catalyst for the area economy," said Brian Ryks, executive director and CEO. "We tend to take air service for granted in a city with a thriving major airport, but the value of that service to our economy underscores the need to continue investing in airport infrastructure and partnering with airlines to initiate or expand service." 


The study used 2016 data to measure the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of MSP, as well as visitor spending impacts on the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan economy.

The study can be found here.

MSP video lights up State of the Airport luncheon

A crowd of hundreds gathered at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis recently for the State of the Airport luncheon. 

Attendees heard from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, represenatives from the MSP Airport Foundation, and Brian Ryks, the CEO and executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.


Ryks' presentation included information about the new study on the airport's economic impact on the region and highlights of MSP operations in the last year.

The event included the screening of a new video that captures some of the additions to MSP in recent months. You can view it by clicking the image above.

New parking ramp approved for MSP's Terminal 1-Lindbergh


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 from being diverted to other locations on 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 (rendered above) will also have electrical vehicle chargers.

The ramp is expected to be completed in 2020.

Uber, Lyft remain popular; drivers urged to get a permit

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The popularity of app-based ride services, such as Uber and Lyft, continues to grow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). 

Airport regulations require drivers for app-based ride services to have permits. Drivers who want to serve customers at MSP should get the permit now, or they will soon find themselves unable to offer rides at the airport. 

Permits can be obtained at the Landside Operations Office at Terminal 2-Humphrey, which offers a parking lot exclusively for this purpose. Once permitted, drivers are required to display a new MSP Airport decal on their vehicle. 

Both Lyft and Uber have details online that give drivers the information they’ll need to obtain a permit. 

More information from the Metropolitan Airports Commission is located here: 

Information from Lyft for its drivers is available here:

Information from Uber for its drivers is at this webpage.

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