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Minneapolis StPaul International Airport

Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

The abbreviation for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is MSP. It is a fairly large airport, seeing over 30 million customers each year. It makes over $10 billion annually in revenue, supporting much of the economy of the state.

It is made of two large terminals. The unique things is that the two airport terminals are accessed by completely different roadways, which is one reason people have to know exactly where they are going when they go to this particular airport. Luckily, they are connected by a rail service in case you make a mistake.

The airport itself is nestled right in the middle of the Twin Cities. It is between St. Paul and Minneapolis. There are also many suburban cities around it. All are very close as well, so you don't have to go far to get to where you want to go.


The site of the airport was originally Snelling Speedway. The Minneapolis Aero Club purchased the Speedway and turned it into an airport, a decision that turned out to be much more profitable. The airport's first structures were built in 1920.

The second terminal was constructed in the 1960s, and over the next half a century, the airport began to see more and more passengers.

To compensate for the growth, a plan was created and began to be implemented for improvements at the airport totaling over $3 billion. The plan was scheduled for completion in 2010, but was completed in 2005. When this happened, the Metropolitan Airports Commission started a new plan of additions that is scheduled to last until 2030.

* Limited mobility and deaf/hard of hearing accessible
* Passenger services - Lost and found, postal services, quiet seating area, lockers, luggage delivery
* Dining - Quick and full service restaurants
* Shopping - Clothing stores, souvenir shops, retail, book and magazine stands and stores
* Personal services - Spa, shoe shine, salon, pet services and boarding
* Video arcades in various terminals
* Coupons and savings programs


There are many types of parking available. You can save money with value parking, park in the general areas, or even pay a little more for elite or valet parking. There are short term parking lots close to the airport as well. There is a cell phone waiting lot that is free of charge and limited mobility assistance available at no cost as well. You can even call ahead to plan your parking when you plan your flight. There is even cheaper parking available to you at certain times of the year.

Surrounding Atmosphere

As mentioned, this airport is nestled right in the middle of many cities, so there are endless directions you can go and endless amounts of things for you to do and see. There is a rail system right to the Mall of America, which is one of the biggest attractions. Buses, shuttles and taxis are also available to take you to any destination you would like in any of the cities or suburbs around the airport.

Contact Information

Telephone: 612-726-5555
Fax: 612 726 5527

6040 28th Avenue South,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55450,
Number of Terminals: 2
Time Zone: GMT - 6 (GMT - 5 from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October)

Location: The airport is located 26km (16 miles) south of Minneapolis and 19km (12 miles) south of St Paul
IATA Airport Code: MSP