MSP Concession Layoffs and Closures

It comes as no surprise that a large concessionaire at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has announed the closure of some stores and restaurants, as well as a reduction of hours at others due to the coronavirus pandemic. With airline operations drastically reduced for an indefinite period of time including an announced 70 percent cutback in flights by MSP’s largest carrier, Delta Air Lines, OTG Management of New York today anounced it has laid off 156 employees. United, American, Southwest and other carriers have also reduced their schedules at MSP, across the country and around the world. While OTG expressed hope in its announcement that many workers could be re-hired in the future as air travel recovers from the pandemic, without an end date in sight to the virus emergency they are considering these layoffs at this time to be permanent.

An airport spokesman advised that OTG has temporarily closed five restaurants and two retail stores on the G Concourse, and that others that remain open have reduced hours to meet the much lower demand. As of early last week MSP’s passenger counts were down 60-70 percent compared to the same period last year, and a startling 86 percent year-over-year on Saturday, March 21st.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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