Record Passenger Levels at MSP Airport’s Terminal 2-Humphrey Lead to Expanded Food and Retail Offerings

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL— Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) Terminal 2-Humphrey experienced another record year in 2012, serving more than 3.3 million passengers, 10 percent more than in 2011.
 
Fueling this growth was an increase in operations by Sun Country and Southwest and the addition of Spirit Airlines in 2012, with each adding service to new destinations.
 
“Terminal 2-Humphrey l has experienced double-digit increases in passenger levels in four of the past five years.” said Jeff Hamiel, executive director and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), owner and operator of MSP Airport. “The increase in passenger levels has created a need for expanded infrastructure at the terminal, including new food and retail services.”

To accommodate the growing numbers, the terminal has undergone several major improvements in recent years, including the addition of a skyway on the north end linking the terminal to the Orange parking ramp and light rail transit station, a second security checkpoint at the terminal entrance from the new skyway, expansion of the pre-existing security checkpoint at the south end of the terminal, and now  new retail and restaurant offerings.

Within the past two months, Subway, Caribou Coffee and Cocina del Barrio, as well as Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine News & Gifts, have opened to travelers.
 
Caribou Coffee, Cocina del Barrio and Surdyk’s Flights Wine Café and Market – set to open at Terminal 2 in the summer of 2013 - are all local Minnesota favorites.
 
“Passengers have been telling us for a while now that they want more options at Terminal 2-Humphrey,” said John Greer, assistant director of concessions and business development for the MAC. “These new options address that demand and also provide a local flair that sets MSP International apart from other airports.”

About Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine News & Gifts: HMSHost and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine partnered to create a newsstand of the future. While offering all the staples of a standard airport newsstand, including snacks, beverages, magazines, books and gifts, this store stands out with its interactive news bar and charging stations.

About Caribou Coffee: Caribou Coffee is a hometown brand with national name recognition. This is the seventh Caribou at MSP Airport and the second at Terminal 2-Humphrey. Caribou Coffee offers a tasty array of handcrafted hot and cold coffee beverages as well as delicious and nutritious food items and coffee accessories. The only other Caribou Coffee at Terminal 2 is located pre-security, near Bag Claim.

About Subway: This is MSP International’s second Subway restaurant -- and Terminal 2-Humphrey’s first. Offering a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, pizza, soups and breakfast items, Subway is a popular quick-serve brand offering convenient, healthy options for the time-crunched traveler.

About Cocina del Barrio: A local Minnesota brand with five street-side locations, this is Cocina del Barrio’s first-ever airport location. Offering an extensive selection of tequilas from around the world, along with a full stable of breakfast, lunch and dinner options,  the menu centers around authentic made-from-scratch Latin/Mexican staples, including carnitas tacos, tortas, chicken enchiladas, tortilla soup and salads. 
 
About Surdyk’s Flights: Surdyk’s Flights’ first airport location opened at MSP’s Terminal 1-Lindbergh in 2010, with a second location scheduled to open at Terminal 2-Humphrey in the summer of 2013. A local Minnesota brand known for its gourmet wine and cheese assortment, Surdyk’s will offer the same services at its new location that it does at Terminal 1, including a wine market and café serving fresh chef-crafted fare including baguette sandwiches, Panini’s, salads, pastries and more. The retail portion of the store will sell off-sale bottles of wine customers can take with them, as well as local and national artisan food items like honey, chocolate, bitters, jam, crackers, cheese and pickles.
 
About MAC: A public corporation of the state of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Airports Commission owns and operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International and six general aviation airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.