MSP Newsletter, December 2017

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New for you: Starbucks and a renovated McDonald's open


Starbucks is now open at Terminal 2! 

Taking over the previous Dunn Bros. Coffee location inside Checkpoint 2 and next to MKT and the Wild Restaurant, this popular coffee shop brand offers an expanded menu and more counter space.



Also, McDonald’s, located in Concourse D at Terminal 1-Lindbergh, recently completed an expansion of its dining space that now includes self-ordering kiosks and views of the MSP airfield.

Pictured: McDonald's expanded space on Concourse D.

New cultural exhibits open at MSP


The ARTS@MSP program recently opened a new exhibit titled “Best Game in the World,” featuring a wide array of vintage photos, facts and memorabilia from Minnesota’s own wide world of sports.

From Native American games in the era prior to statehood, to the popularity of fishing on our 10,000 lakes and the recent decades of major league sports, Minnesota’s passion for sport is on display at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

The exhibit is located on Concourse C in the Thomson-Reuters Gallery, just past Vino Volo. Step off the moving walkway and take in the treasures that will inform and bring back memories. The exhibit will be on display through December 2018.


Also new to the airport this month is the “Transfer of Memory” exhibit, which focuses on Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota. A short biography in the survivor’s own words accompanies each photograph.

The exhibit is found in two locations at MSP – near gate C18 at Terminal 1 and, starting mid-December, at Terminal 2-Humphrey in newly established gallery space near Gate H3.

Minnesota Shopping Center Assoc. awards MSP for design work


Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) ongoing revitalization of its retail environment won accolades from a professional association recently for the project’s design aesthetics.

The Metropolitan Airports Commissions’ (MAC) team from its Concessions and Business Development office accepted the awards from the Minnesota Shopper Center Association for interior design.

The Association selected the extensive renovation associated with the “MSP Reimagined” program for the “Design and Aesthetics Renovation/Remodel: Interior Retail over 15,000 square feet” award category. 

MSP has opened 50 new concessions in the last two years, each involving remodeling and design work.

Pictured, left to right: The MAC's Isabella Rhawie, Eric Johnson and Liz Grzechowiak. 

One of those new airport retailers -- Angel Food Bakery and Donut Bar -- was also recognized by the Association. Angel Food won the interior design award in the Quick Service/Fast Casual/Fast Food division.

“In the last two years, MSP has transformed its commercial space to bring on-trend products to the 38 million travelers who pass through the airport each year,” said Liz Grzechowiak, the assistant director of concessions and business development for the MAC. “We’re honored that our team’s efforts and the resulting design work are being recognized by the MSCA.”

Airport staff coordinated the remodeling work to provide consistent services to travelers, using a phased approach to construction. An informational campaign also kept travelers in the loop.

More concessions are on the way as the MSP team is now working on the second round of renovation involving more than 30 new restaurant concepts.

Spirit Airlines to launch service to Seattle-Tacoma


Spirit Airlines recently announced new service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) beginning April 12 of 2018.

The flights will operate daily and be offered through Sept. 5, when the seasonal service will end. 

With the Spirit flights added at MSP, there will be four airlines serving the Seattle route including Delta, Alaska and Sun Country.

The Spirit news comes as other new routes are taking off from MSP.

Alaska Airlines began its new service from MSP to San Diego recently with a gate ceremony on Concourse E. The new daily, nonstop flight is part of Alaska's expanded service on the West Coast. 

Also, Sun Country Airline's new seasonal flights to Aruba and Tucson start service soon. 

The schedule from MSP's Terminal 2 to Aruba will include one flight per week, departing Saturdays starting Dec. 23 through April 7. 

The flights to Tucson will be available from Dec. 21 through April 15, with flights departing Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Elves are everywhere, if you look, at MSP

Santa’s elves are on the loose at MSP! You can help Santa track down those cotton-headed ninny-muggins by taking an “elfie” with them when you find them and sharing it with #MSPAirport on your social media channel of choice.

If you have a layover at the airport or your kids are antsy, it’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Click on the video to see Santa’s pleas for help.


Holiday entertainment lights up MSP with song and dance


The Holiday Performance Series at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is underway and drawing crowds in the rotunda at the north end of the mall in Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

As you are flying in or out of MSP this month, stop by for some holiday cheer.

Remaining performances include:

·         The Main Street School of Performing Arts, musical theater and dance, 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11

·         A vocal and piano performance by Tessa Wegenke and Mary Trotter, 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12

·         Lundstrom Performing Arts, offering musical theater and dance, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14

·    The OK Factor, a new-classical crossover duo featuring cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.

·         Vocalist Briana Fernandez and pianist Heidi Nasby on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The ARTS@MSP program brings you the holiday performances in partnership with the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Airport Foundation MSP.

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