MAC Newsletter, May 2020

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Tim Simon named new VP of Finance for MAC

tim simon

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) recently welcomed Tim Simon as its new Vice President, Finance and Revenue Development.
“Tim Simon brings a wealth of government finance and strategic thinking to the Metropolitan Airports Commission,” said MAC CFO Atif Saeed. “His background and expertise will be crucial as the MAC navigates revenue impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, develops strategies for re-energizing revenue streams as the aviation industry recovers and works to retain one of the best financial ratings in the airport industry.”

Read more about Simon's appointment here.

Denver Air starting service to Thief River Falls

Denver Air plane

Starting on June 1, MSP Airport's Terminal 1 will get a new Essential Air Service airline – Denver Air Connection – that will fly between MSP and Thief River Falls, Minn., 12 times a week.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the two-year contract to Denver Air earlier this year. 

Denver Air succeeds Boutique Air, which has been flying to the city in northwestern Minnesota from MSP since 2016. In August, Boutique will begin providing service between MSP and Ironwood, Mich.

Denver Air, a subsidiary of Key Lime Air, operates out of Denver International Airport and serves smaller destinations in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. For flights to Thief River Falls, it plans to use either a 50-seat Embraer EMB-145 or a 30-seat Dornier 328 Jet.

Denver Air also has an interline agreement with United Airlines, which will allow passengers from Thief River Falls to check their bags all the way to their final destinations when transferring through MSP onto a United flight.

Airlake and St. Paul Airport starting construction projects


Improvements are continuing at the Metropolitan Airports Commission's reliever airports this summer as part of the Capital Improvement Program.

At Airlake Airport in Lakeville, new edge lighting is being installed along a runway and taxiways. Details are available here

At St. Paul Downtown Airport, construction starting in June will include rehabilitation of street pavement and installation of a new sidewalk along the south side of Bayfield Street. Read more about the project at this web page

MAC reliever airport summer events postponed due to pandemic

The safety of the public, airport tenants and users, and the community surrounding each of the reliever airports is of the utmost importance to the MAC. Due to COVID-19, many of the summer events that the MAC’s system of Reliever Airports hosts and attends on an annual basis have been postponed or canceled.

Lake Elmo Airport
Father’s Day Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast
Original Date: June 21, 2020
Will return July 20, 2021

Crystal Airport
Father’s Day Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast
Original Date: June 21, 2020
Will return July 20, 2021

Airlake Airport
Lakeville Lions 8th Annual Fly-In Breakfast
Original Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020
Rescheduled Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020

Flying Cloud Airport
Wings of the North 2020 Air Expo
Original Dates: July 18 & 19, 2020
Will return in July of 2021

MAC pauses Long-Term Plan design work

Given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) has decided to pause work on the Long-Term Plan for Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) Airport.

The pause only affects the development of alternative design concepts, and not the already completed activity forecasts and ongoing work on the airfield capacity study and facility needs. Work on the plan is estimated to resume in mid-2021, with an ultimate completion in early 2022. 

The pause allows the MAC and its airport partners to focus on recovery activities and provides time to understand the lasting impacts the virus will have on airport operations.

In-person meetings and events will also be paused. Informational materials and updates about the Long-Term Plan will be provided at the project’s website.

Plan ahead: Ramps close as Hwy. 5 construction advances

around the airport

As the reconstruction of Hwy. 5 continues between I-494 and Hwy. 62, there are new ramp closures that drivers will want to consider as they pass through that area.

Hwy. 5 serves the inbound roadway leading to Terminal 1 at MSP Airport.

  • The ramp from Highway 5 west to I-494 east is now closed through Thursday, June 4. Detour: I-494 west to Highway 77 to I-494 east
  • The ramp from 34th Avenue to I-494 east is now closed through Tuesday, June 9. Detour: I-494 west to Highway 77 to I-494 east.

Ongoing traffic changes related to the project include:

  • Highway 5 east is closed between I-494 and Davern Street until mid-July.

Please visit for detailed information about the project, including maps.

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