Saturday, July 21, 2007

The International Airport

The main airport serving the Twin Cities is the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (or MSP for online booking). It is easily accessible from surrounding communities, and is only 15 minutes from both Downtown St Paul and Downtown Minneapolis.

The main terminal, named after Charles A. Lindbergh, sees most of the international and national flights, and is the main hub for Northwest Airlines which handles about 80% of all air passenger traffic in and out of the Twin Cities.The second terminal, the Hubert H. Humphrey, handles charter flights and smaller airlines. Six smaller regional airports are available as reliever destinations including:
  • Airlake
  • Anoka County-Blaine
  • Crystal
  • Flying Cloud
  • Lake Elmo
  • St Paul Downtown
In late 2005, a new north/south runway was completed as part of a $3 Billion expansion project, giving an increase of 25% in traffic capacity. While this is good news for the city, it meant that outlying suburbs who enjoyed very little overhead traffic and noise, now will get to have direct traffic right over their homes. These towns are Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley, and Bloomington. Should you like to see flight paths and how they affect the area you might be moving to, the MSP website has a great interactive map for your convenience.

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