MSP is not part of any city but is nestled among several. The airport is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield.

MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings - Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 - each with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other use the light rail transit service. There is no pedestrian access between the buildings.

The airport is managed and run by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), a public corporation established in 1943 by the Minnesota State legislature to provide for coordinated aviation services throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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MSP Ranking and Awards

The airport's 3,400 acres arguably comprise the most valuable economic generator between the St. Croix River and Seattle, supporting more than 86,900 jobs, $15.9 billion in business revenue, $3.7 billion in personal income, $2.5 billion in local purchases, and $546 million in state and local taxes. For more information review our 2016 Economic Impact Study

MSP is the 19th busiest U.S. airport for passengers and 21st for aircraft operations. It's also a base for hometown carrier Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines' second largest hub.

The airport and its leadership have received various awards in numerous categories, including safety, fiscal management, labor relations, legal oversight, snow and ice control, concessions, airport design and development, and marketing and communications.

Most recently, MSP was named the 2017 top North American airport for efficiency excellence in its size category by the Air Transportation Research Society. The airport's retail program was also recently recognized as the best of any large airport in North America by Airports Council International-North America, and Skytrax named MSP's staff as the best in North America in 2016. 


The Metropolitan Airports Commission is a self-funded public corporation, using rents and fees paid by airport users, not general tax dollars, to fund operations. Capital improvements are funded through Passenger Facilities Charges, aviation grants, bonding and revenues generated through airport operations.

Strategic Planning

The Metropolitan Airports Commission's strategic plan includes our purpose statement, our four foundational values and five focus areas that reflect current industry, social, economic and regional trends. 


On average, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 400,000 landings and takeoffs (aircraft operations) occurred at MSP every year. Those numbers are recovering. Most operations occur during daytime hours. However, to accommodate cargo business and flight schedule changes, some overnight operations are necessary.  

Year Operations
2023 323,929
2022 310,235
2021 303,850
2020 244,827
2019 406,076
2018 407,476
2017 416,213
2016 413,279
2015 404,612
2014 412,586
2013 431,418
2012 425,332
2011 436,506
2010 437,075
2009 432,704

Visit the Metro Airports website to view detailed passenger and operations reports


MSP served more than 31 million travelers in 2022 making it 19th busiest in North America in terms of the number of passengers served annually.

Year Passengers
2023 34,770,800
2022 31,241,822
2021 25,202,120
2020 14,851,289
2019 39,555,035
2018 38,037,381
2017 38,034,341
2016 37,505,521
2015 36,582,851
2014 35,163,190
2013 33,897,335
2012 33,170,960
2011 33,118,499
2010 32,565,763
2009 32,379,195

For even more passenger data, please visit the Metro Airports website.

MSP By-the-Numbers

Numbers tell a great deal about MSP:

  • Terminal 1 gates: 104
  • Terminal 2 gates: 14
  • Nonstop markets served: 163, including 136 domestic and 27 international markets. 
  • Cost to airlines per enplaned passenger: $6.32. MSP's 2016 estimated cost to airlines per enplaned passenger ranks among the lower third of large hub airports.
  • Originating passengers: 60%
  • Connecting passengers: 40%