Minneapolis St Paul Airport
4300 Glumack Drive, St Paul,
MN 55111, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Tel: +1 (0) 612 7268100
IATA code: MSP
ICAO code: KMSP
Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport happens to be 17th busiest in terms of passengers, and 12th, when it comes to aircraft operations. Delta and Sun County use it as their base and therefor have most Minneapolis arrivals. The Metropolitan Airports Commission manages the airport. It is surrounded by Richfield, Mendota Heights, Eagan, Bloomington, Eagan, and twin cities Minneapolis, St. Paul.
Also referred to as MSP, the airport has two terminal buildings (Terminal 1, 2), four runways, and one airfield for all MSP Airport arrivals. Passengers can use the light rail transit service to travel between the two terminals.
The terminals are used by local and international airlines. Each airline has it’s own spot at on of the specific terminals. The following airlines are settled at Terminal 1: Delta, UA, AA, Spirit, KLM Royal Dutch, Denver Air, Alaska Airlines, Air France and some more. The ones with Minneapolis flight arrivals at terminal 2 are: Sun Country, Southwest, JetBlue, Icelandair, Frontier Airlines.
The top three international destinations before the pandemic were Amsterdam, Netherlands (Delta and KLM), Cancún, Mexico (Delta and Sun Country Airlines), Toronto–Pearson, Canada (Delta, Air Canada). Until Nov 2020, the top three domestic Minneapolis Airport arrivals were Denver, Atlanta, and Phoenix–Sky Harbor.
The airport handles around 250,000 landings and takeoffs each year. However, the pandemic has dropped the numbers drastically. During December last year, the airport handled just 220,000 passengers.
Preventive measures in place
Safety policies vary from one airline to the other. The airport follows enhanced cleaning procedures to protect passengers.
Some countries and states require passengers to carry a COVID-19 negative test report. JetBlue, United, and American Airlines also offer at-home COVID tests (rapid results) for travelers who need to take results for the test with them during the flight.
The airport has a COVID-19 testing facility at Terminal 1, operational between 7 am to 7 pm. It is offered in association with the Minnesota Department of Health and is open to all travelers. It can be used after MSP arrivals and before departures.
Several airlines have installed touchless check-in points at service desks. There are measures in place for reducing interaction between passengers and crew members. Planes are cleaned using enhanced chemicals and techniques. Besides wearing masks, some airlines also ask passengers to fill out health questionnaires.
Airlines are strict as far as adherence to regulations is concerned. Passengers who do not follow mask mandates and safety policies are put on a no-fly list to ensure Minneapolis arrivals goes smoothly.
Reaching early is often better than late
Airport officials suggest domestic flight passengers reach the airport at least two hours before the flight. International flight travelers are advised to be at the airport at least two and half hours before their flight departure.
Most of the airport shuttles remain suspended. Light Rail and Metro Transit bus schedules for nearby cities are updated daily. If you wish to reach the airport in your own car, please note that at MSP Airport arrivals only selected parking ramps at Terminal 1 and 2 are operational. You can also pre-book a parking slot using the airport website.
Passengers are advised to use electronic boarding passes and digital passports wherever possible.
Travelers should double-check the terminal for their flight before heading to the airport. You can also check Minneapolis Airport arrivals and Departures list online.
There are multiple dining and shopping options at Terminal 2. Some restaurants are operational at both terminals, but diners are required to follow physical distancing norms.