Holiday Traffic Resulting in Increased Use of Runway 17

Neighbors south of Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport (MSP) may have noticed aircraft departing off Runway 17 Thursday and Friday this week - an unfamiliar sight since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the remaining December holidays approaching, MSP is experiencing an increase in flights, with numbers closer to pre-COVID-19 levels.

The Federal Aviation Administration anticipated a return to runway use closer to normal when aircraft activity returned to approximately 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Flight numbers will remain at this level over the next two weeks, and will be particularly noticeable during high traffic periods of the day. Therefore, communities can expect periodic use of Runway 17 for departures through the end of the year. 

As flight activity at MSP continues to rebound, communities should expect Runway 17 to be used to maintain safe and efficient operations.  

To view flight data for Runway 17, or any other runway at MSP, visit the Metropolitan Airports Commission’s FlightTracker, found