Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN – OEP:KMSP

IMPACT: NextGen-Noise
8-15-2015 KMSP
MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL/WOLD-CHAMBERLAIN AIRPORT
(2,930 acres) Minneapolis, MN

Four Nearby Instrument Airports:
[KSTP] 8 NE ; [KSGS] 8 E ; [KFCM] 11 W ;
[KMIC] 12 NW ;
(ave. distance: 10 nm)
Total Based Aircraft:169
(30 multi-props, 123 jets, 16 military aircraft)
Operations & ATC:
(est. 1,128 ops/day (97% commercial)
24hr FAA towerFAA staffing as of 9/20/14:34
FAA’s ATADS data shows Peak Year was 2004. Total airport operations in 2014 were DOWN 24% from the peak year.
Click on this button for links to background info: [KMSP]-REFERENCE
Additional buttons:NextGen-Noisesearch (aiR)OEP-35
AIRNAV Form 5010 WIKI NOAA (weather)
FlightAware.comFlightStats.comFlightRadar24.com

MSP ATADS data, 1991-2014:

Year Commercial Ops % Commercial TOTAL OPS Change from Peak Year
1991 309,285 80% 385,476 -29%
1992 339,300 81% 418,486 -23%
1993 375,219 84% 444,202 -18%
1994 384,175 84% 459,405 -15%
1995 406,746 87% 469,040 -13%
1996 426,858 88% 485,480 -10%
1997 429,853 87% 491,273 -9%
1998 408,658 85% 482,872 -11%
1999 394,151 77% 510,420 -6%
2000 393,473 75% 522,253 -3%
2001 384,263 77% 501,252 -7%
2002 443,416 87% 507,322 -6%
2003 476,123 94% 508,162 -6%
2004 505,470 93% 540,727 PEAK YEAR
2005 496,610 93% 531,947 -2%
2006 437,857 92% 475,633 -12%
2007 432,643 95% 453,566 -16%
2008 431,726 96% 449,972 -17%
2009 417,632 97% 432,604 -20%
2010 418,960 96% 435,583 -19%
2011 418,739 96% 435,076 -20%
2012 410,453 97% 424,928 -21%
2013 417,519 97% 431,573 -20%
2014 398,051 97% 411,760 -24%

Aeronautical chart from VFRmap.com. (Click to open in a new window).

Scrollable aerial view at bing.com. (Click to open in a new window).


Airport Narrative (Overview & History)

In 1921, a former motor speedway became Wold-Chamberlain Field, named after two WWI aviators. Today, the airport sits on 2,930 acres, and is the 17th busiest commercial airport in the U.S. In 2012, the airport moved 33 million passengers and had 425,000 takeoffs and landings.

There are 169 aircraft based at the airport, mostly jets. An FAA air traffic control tower is open 24/7.

Like most U.S. airports, activity at KMSP has slowed in the last decade. The peak years, 2004-2005, had roughly 540,000 annual operations. Airport capacity was significantly increased in 2005, when the fourth runway was opened (Runway 17/35, measuring 8,000′ x 150′). Airport usage has declined 23% since the new runway opened.

KMSP is the home of Northwest Airlines, a legacy airline started in 1926, and merged with Delta in 2010. Airport operations data showed a minimal decline in traffic after 9/11, a recovery to a peak year in 2004, and then a steady decline in the past ten years.