Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

A major hub airport, MSP served 36 million passengers and moved nearly 200,000 metric tons of cargo in 2015. 

Our Passengers, Operations, and Cargo

Of our 36,582,854 million passengers in 2015, 55 percent of them began their travel at MSP. The other 45 percent of passengers did not begin or end their journeys at MSP but caught connecting flights at the airport. In 2014, 92.7 percent of our passenger traffic was domestic and 7.6 percent was international. For our connecting passengers, the minimum connection time between flights is as low as 30 minutes.  In 2015, we had 154 non-stop markets, including 126 domestic destinations, 28 international destinations, and 46 competitive destinations, which are those served by two or more airlines.
Travelers who begin their air travel journey at MSP come to the airport from throughout the region, with over half from Minnesota, and others originating in the Upper Midwest region. Of these passengers, the majority (49 percent) arrive by car to MSP, and 25 percent arrive by more sustainable forms of transit including bus, light rail, and shuttles.
Source - Airport Service Quality Survey Zip Code Analysis 2015 

Like many airports across the nation, MSP has experienced a trend in recent years of decreasing operation levels and increasing passenger levels, with 2015 marking the lowest year of aircraft operations since 1991. This trend has spread across the airport industry as airlines invest in larger, more fuel-efficient aircraft to move more people with fewer flights. Take-offs and landings in 2015 totaled 404,612 and included commercial passenger, cargo, charter, military, and general aviation operations.

MSP’s cargo tonnage was 199,340 metric tons in 2015, with a 1.39 percent decline in freight and express cargo and a 25.44 percent increase in mail. This resulted in a minor increase, 0.39 percent, in overall tonnage from 2014 to 2015. MSP’s cargo catchment area is generally a 250 – 300 mile radius from the airport.

A visitor to
MSP Airport's cargo area, 
the Antonov 225 - the world's largest plane - can hold 46,000 cubic feet of cargo!

Located in the center of the Greater Twin Cities community, MSP is situated on approximately 3,400 acres (11.3 km2) with easy access to destinations throughout the metropolitan area. In 2015, Terminal 1-Lindbergh, MSP's largest terminal, spanned 2.8 million square feet and had 114 gates. Terminal 2-Humphrey consisted of 10 gates in 2015 and spanned 595,699 square feet. The MSP airfield consists of two primary parallel runways, one crosswind runway that intersects both parallel runways, and one north-south runway. 


The Metropolitan Airports Commission is a self-funded public corporation, utilizing rents, fees, revenue from grants, Passenger Facility Charges, and proceeds from the issuance of bonds to fund our Capital Improvement Program and operating budget, not general tax dollars. Although we have limited authority to assess property tax in the seven-county metropolitan region, we have not exercised this power since the late 1960s when we built Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

Our bond ratings rank among the highest in the U.S. airport industry, keeping the cost of borrowing low and our finances stable. For airlines, we have maintained one of the lowest cost per enplaned passenger rates in the nation, especially for a large hub airport, at $6.58 for MSP in 2015. 
Nearly half of our funding comes from our concessions programs, including parking, airport restaurants and shops, and advertising sales. Airline rates and charges generate over a third of our funding, and the final percentage comes from ground and lease rentals, tenant utility payments, reliever airport fees, and other sources.

An Economic Driver for the Region

MSP is a major economic hub for the Twin Cities, resulting in: 
19,800 jobs directly attributable to MSP operations and 76,000 jobs overall 
$10.1 billion in business revenue in direct, indirect, and induced economic output 
$3 billion in personal income 
$1.9 billion in local purchases 
$611 million in federal, state, and local taxes
This makes it the most valuable economic generator between the St. Croix River in Minnesota and Seattle, Washington. 

"The airport is vital to the strength of the area economy. We tend to think of air service simply as a means of getting from point to point, but it also plays a key role in moving Minnesota commerce forward."

Chairman Dan Boivin

The 2012 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Economic Impact Study found that MSP injects $10.1 billion into the Twin Cities area economy.
The airport’s direct impacts – those that are directly tied to the MSP aviation sector – made up 56 percent of that output, or $5.7 billion. Indirect impacts from the airport, including those related to suppliers of goods or services to the MSP aviation sector, totaled $2.16 billion for the area.
Finally, the induced impacts – such as spending of wages and profits earned in the course of direct or indirect MSP aviation activities – drove another $2.26 billion in economic impact.
MSP supports 76,340 jobs, with the majority of the jobs tied to visitor spending and airport operations. Of the 19,800 jobs at MSP, 97 percent are related to businesses and are permanent positions. The average annual wage per full-time equivalent employee was $66,270 in 2012, well above the median Minnesota household income of $58,476 recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. 
Of the 19,800 employees whose jobs are directly related to MSP’s operations, roughly 90 percent live in the seven-county metropolitan area with 34 percent living in the Twin Cities (19 percent in St. Paul and 15 percent in Minneapolis).  
From a county perspective, 6,500 employees live in Hennepin County (33 percent), 4,700 in Ramsey County (24 percent), 4,000 in Dakota County (20 percent), 1,200 in Washington County, 700 in Scott County, 600 in Anoka County, and 200 in Carver County. Another 1,500 employees live in Minnesota communities outside the seven-county metropolitan area, and 400 live in other states. Of the total 19,800 direct jobs MSP creates, 17,200 are located at the airport, and the remaining are employed off-site. Ninety-seven percent of employees are permanent at MSP, with 89 percent of employees working full-time positions.
The 4.2 million visitors to the Twin Cities that arrive via MSP spend $1.9 billion while visiting. Of these visitors, 3.8 million come from other U.S. cities and 400,000 from other nations. On average, domestic visitors stay two nights and spend $425 in the local area, while international visitors stay five nights and spend $720 per trip. The biggest spending categories for visitors are lodging, gifts and souvenirs, food and beverages, and transportation. 

As important as what the study measured is what it cannot measure. 

The number of businesses that would not be located in Minnesota or that would be less successful here if not for the presence of a major airport. In today’s global marketplace, access to clients and markets throughout the nation and around the world is a must for many companies. The challenge is to ensure Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport continues to grow along with the air transportation needs of the community.

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