MSP Newsletter, November 2017

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Plan ahead for flawless Thanksgiving travel

The days leading up to Thanksgiving are typically among the busiest of the year for air travel.

Compared to last year, airlines are projecting an increase of about 3 percent in the number of travelers in a 12-day period around the holiday. With that in mind, it's important to plan your trip. The handful of tips below will help make your trip a smooth one.

Arriving two hours before your scheduled departure is recommended. If you have a lot of luggage or are traveling with kids, you may want to add another half hour.


One economical option for parking at Terminal 1-Lindbergh is the Quick Ride Ramp, which is located just off of Post Road. A free, five-minute shuttle ride brings you to the terminal. There are other parking options at MSP as well, and you can check parking availability before you arrive.  

When you pack your bags, remember that the 3-1-1 rule means that each passenger can bring one quart-sized bag with liquids, gels and aerosols that are no more than 3.4 ounces each. 

If you're bringing any gifts, it's best to not wrap them until you reach your destination, as the screening process may require you to remove the wrapping.

If you haven't flown in a while, you're in for a treat. Many new shops and restaurants have opened at MSP over the last two years. Some local favorites include Smack Shack, Red Cow and Black Sheep coal-fired pizza, just to name a few. Check out all of the new options at the MSPReimagined website.

In the ticketing area of Terminal 1, several airlines are now offering automated bag check-in systems, which generate bag tags and allow passengers to check their own bags. Airline staff are still on hand to help you check your bags.

There are also plenty of amenities for people traveling with children and/or animals, including lactation and nursing mothers rooms, play areas for kids and indoor service animal relief areas. If you're flying out of Terminal 2-Humphrey, be sure to check out the new art installations near gates 10-14.

Finally, if you have some questions when you're at the airport, look for our information desks staffed by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers.

MSP hotel and skyway construction on track

Construction of the new InterContinental Hotel and the skyway connecting it to Terminal 1-Lindbergh at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport continues at a steady pace, with the exteriors of each structure now receiving some finishing touches.

Glass now encloses much of the skyway and the windows along the exterior of the hotel, which is set to open in the summer of 2018. Work is also progressing inside, where workers will soon start installing room finishes. Many of the rooms offer a bird's eye view of the area, including several with views of both the Minneapolis and St. Paul downtown skylines.


Since last spring, drivers arriving at Terminal 1-Lindbergh have watched the hotel go up. Graves Hospitality of Minneapolis is the developer in a partnership with InterContinental Real Estate Corp. of Boston. 

The 12-story hotel was designed by RSP Architects and PCL Construction is the builder.

The InterContinental (pictured) will offer approximately 300 rooms and will have its own security checkpoint leading into the skyway connected to Concourse C, allowing easy access to the airport. 

Guests will also be able to use a valet service for parking, or self-park their cars in a ramp next to the hotel. 

New for you: New Stand opens on Concourse E

New Stand is the latest retail store to open on Concourse E at Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

The news and convenience store focuses on technology products but also has gift items, magazines and a small assortment of snacks and beverages. New Stand is a bright addition to the concourse and sits just across from Angel Food Bakery and Donut Bar, and next to Food Truck Alley  


Southwest Airlines announces two new destinations


Southwest Airlines recently announced that it will begin daily nonstop service to Oakland International Airport (OAK) from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), starting July 15, 2018. 

"Southwest Airlines has been a tremendous partner to MSP and the region, having added a total of 14 year-round and seasonal destinations since it began service here in 2009,” said Brian Ryks, Executive Director/CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, owner and operator of MSP. “Their consistent growth has helped us reach a current 59 competitive destinations from MSP Airport out of 158 total.”

Southwest is MSP’s fifth airline to offer nonstop service to California’s popular Bay Area. The others are Alaska, Delta, Sun Country and United (flying into San Francisco and San Jose airports).

Southwest is also offering once-per-week nonstop service from MSP to Dallas Love Field (DAL). That service runs June 10 through August 5, 2018.

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