MAC Newsletter, June 2020

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MAC launches "Travel Confidently" initiative at MSP

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The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) recently launched Travel Confidently, a robust health safety program to ensure the public can be confident when traveling through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

“Working with guidance from health agencies and best practices in the industry, we have adopted a comprehensive program to help keep travelers and airport employees healthy,” said MAC Chief Executive Officer Brian Ryks. “We’re expecting an increase in traffic in July. Whether our passengers return to the skies next month or later in the year, they will experience a very different airport in terms of health safety elements in place to protect them.”

The launch of Travel Confidently coincides with a July travel forecast showing that routes and departures are returning to MSP.  More than a dozen domestic destinations will be added back to the MSP schedule in July as average daily aircraft departures climb to 233, up from 138 in June but still down significantly from the daily average of 554 in July 2019.

The Travel Confidently program is a set of measures adopted over the last few months across the airport in partnership with airlines, concessionaires, federal agencies and others, to give travelers a safer experience on their journeys.


Tell us about your escape plan

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Travelers are beginning to take to the air again, and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is implementing new strategies to keep everyone -- including travelers and employees -- safe and healthy.

To ensure we’re keeping your concerns top-of-mind, we’re asking travelers for their feedback via a three-minute survey.

We want to know your expectations regarding air travel and your comfort level with your next flight. Your input will help guide our next steps.

Thank you for your help in making air travel safe and comfortable.

Smile time as Travelers Assistance, other services return to MSP

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As passenger numbers rebound at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP), the Airport Foundation MSP is making plans to bring back some highly valued services starting today.

Travelers Assistance volunteers back in the booths

The Airport Foundation MSP coordinates the Travelers Assistance program, which includes the volunteers who staff the information booths around the airport.

Also returning: live music and the popular animal ambassadors program.

The Travelers Assistance program was suspended in March to ensure the volunteers’ safety as the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect Minnesota. With safety measures in place, the volunteers are eager to help travelers once again.

Some changes you might notice are Plexiglas shields at the booths, volunteers wearing facemasks and only one volunteer per booth. 


Plan ahead: Latest update on Highway 5 reconstruction

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As work continues on the Highway 5 reconstruction project, several ramps on 5 and Hwy. 62 have closed recently.

Please visit for full information and assistance on planning your trip to MSP or past it on Highway 5.

Terminal 1's inbound roadway is accessed by Highway 5. Currently, the eastbound lanes of Highway 5 are closed between I-494 and Davern Street in St. Paul through July.

Westbound Highway 5 will close in August as the project advances, and eastbound lanes will re-open.

You can find real-time traffic updates related to the project at

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