MAC Newsletter, January 2019

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Holman's Table marks its first year in business

Holman’s Table, the popular restaurant in the St. Paul Downtown Airport’s historic terminal building, is marking its first year in business.

If you're looking for breakfast, lunch or an evening out with modern fare and full bar service in a unique setting, Holman's Table is your spot. Recent additions to the dinner menu include grilled sturgeon and chicken roulade.

The restaurant also has event space that can accommodate up to 70 people for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

More information about the event space is available at the Holman’s Table website.


Also, don't forget that on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. – and by appointment – scenic helicopter flights are offered just outside the restaurant. The service offers beautiful views of downtown St. Paul and surrounding areas.

Minnesota Helicopters Inc. offers the flights, which are $50 per person for an 8-minute ride. Longer flights are available for additional fees.

MAC 2019 capital improvement plan includes work at relievers

anoka airport 1-28

As the MAC’s Capital Improvement Program projects for 2019 get underway, work will begin on several efforts to replace aging infrastructure at the six reliever airports located around the Twin Cities area.

The projects for 2019 are focused on regular maintenance along with safety improvements and an ongoing project at Airlake Airport in Lakeville that is adding developable space for about 20 new hangars.

Pictured: Sunrise at Anoka County-Blaine Airport.

“In 2019 we’re focusing on maintenance and improvements that ensure we can continue to provide a safe and secure environment for the thousands of people and businesses relying on the reliever airports,” said Gary Schmidt, director of the reliever airports.

Together, the six airports generate an estimated $756 million in total annual economic output for the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The airports also support nearly 1,030 jobs directly tied to operations at the airports, producing $56 million in direct wages.

Highlights of 2019 reliever airport capital projects

The historic terminal building at the St. Paul Downtown Airport will see several repairs and maintenance projects to preserve the 80-year-old building.

A new roof, exterior façade repairs and a number of interior cosmetic repairs and code upgrades will keep the building well maintained as it sees increased use following last year's opening of Holman’s Table.

At Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, which continues to see an uptick in general aviation activity, two taxiways will be reconstructed and lights will be installed along the edges for improved safety.

At the Anoka County-Blaine Airport, the south service road that provides a route around a runway will be reconstructed. The project reduces the number of vehicles, including fuel trucks, that need to cross the runway and improves safety. Aging taxilanes will also be reconstructed.

The Crystal Airport is scheduled for taxiway repaving work that is slated for 2019. A project to convert a runway into a full-length lighted parallel taxiway set for 2019 may push into 2020.

At the Airlake Airport in Lakeville, new water and sanitary sewer connections are coming into the property and allowing for development of a new south hangar area. The improvements would allow space for tenants to put up about 20 new hangars with two new taxilanes.

Taxilanes in front of hangars will be reconstructed at the Lake Elmo Airport, and south-side taxiways will be reconstructed.

The MAC’s board of commissioners approved the budget for 2019 capital projects in December.

Next month: A look at capital improvement projects set for MSP Airport in 2019.

MAC's commercial management head to lead national committee

Eric Johnson, director of commercial management and airline affairs

Airports are increasingly looking for diversified sources of revenue, and the commercial management committee of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) has that task high on its agenda.

Eric Johnson, the MAC’s director of commercial management and airline affairs, was recently named the chair of that ACI-NA committee, and will guide its work for the next year.

Members of the committee lead commercial management departments at airports throughout North America.

Beyond concessions -- such as restaurants, retail shops and auto rental -- airports are seeking to generate revenue from land development projects and public-private partnerships, such as the InterContinental Hotel that opened last year at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

“There are new opportunities to provide a wide range of services to passengers and to work with commercial partners,” Johnson said. “The committee also hopes to engage more small and medium-sized airports that are looking for ways to diversify their business interests.”
ACI is the leading airport trade group, and the North American chapter counts dozens of airports as members.

Johnson has been on the commercial management committee for three years and took on the chair’s position on Jan. 1 of this year.

Prior to his appointment, MSP hosted a meeting last November of the commercial management committee followed by a tour of the airport with a focus on concessions and commercial properties. In the last two years, MSP has been in the middle of a sweeping rebid of all of its concessions, bringing more than 50 new and remodeled restaurants and shops to the airport.

The committee meeting was held at the InterContinental Hotel, the new 291-room luxury hotel at MSP, which connects to Terminal 1 by a new skyway.

In September of this year, thanks to Johnson’s efforts, MSP will host ACI’s airport revenue-generation training program, a weeklong conference that will host about 20 professionals from around the globe.

The program provides a course on airport business development strategies, Johnson said, and will be another chance for MSP to showcase its recent improvements.

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