Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a population of more than three million, the Twin Cities metro area is a vibrant community that continues to grow in spite of its reputation for harsh, long winters. Home to companies including 3M, Target, General Mills, Medtronic, Cargill and Best Buy, with the world-famous Mayo Clinic just 70 miles away, it’s no wonder that the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is a crucial link between the Upper Midwest and destinations across the country, as well as around the world. And if you’re flying in for a sporting event, the Twin Cities is home to the Minnesota Twins (MLB), Vikings (NFL), Timberwolves (NBA), Wild (NHL), and the Minnesota United Football Club (MLS). Additionally, the University of Minnesota has campuses in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, fielding men’s and women’s teams in all major sports.


In addition to MSP, this blog features news about the regional airports including DLH (Duluth-Superior), FAR (Fargo), RST (Rochester, MN), GFK (Grand Forks), LSE (LaCrosse), CWA (Central Wisconsin), and others that offer frequent connecting flights into Minneapolis-St. Paul.


Delta Air LInes is far and away the largest carrier serving MSP, which is currently its largest hub operation after ATL (Atlanta). But many other airlines provide substantial service here, too. Other airlines of note at MSP are American (AA), Southwest (WN), Minnesota-based Sun Country (SC), United (UA), Spirit (NK), JetBlue (JB), Alaska (AS), Frontier (F9), KLM (KL), Air France (AF), Icelandair (FI) and Aer Lingus (EI). Starting mid-year of 2021, Breeze, a new Minneapolis-based carrier, plans to inaugurate flight operations.


Everyone loves to watch airliners take-off and land, and with MSP being one of the 20 busiest airports in the U.S., there is no shortage of flying activity here. The official Aircraft Viewing Area is located in the heart of the field, at the end of Cargo Road adjacent to the FedEx Shipping Center. The Cell Phone Lot on Post Road is another great vantage point, but parking space is more limited here. Look for Delta’a newest fleet additions, the Airbus A220 and A350, and the seemingly endless numbers of Boeing 737s flown by numerous carriers. And there are plenty of A319, A320, A321, and CRJ 700 and 900 (Canadair Regional Jet) and Embraer (E175, E190) to go around.

“It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I still have to go, how much more there is to learn.”

Anthony Bourdain
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