Recent Unusual Runway Use at MSP

Unusual runway use at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) has been occurring this week between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Crews have been hard at work completing runway construction/maintenance on MSP's primary-use parallel runways (12L/30R and 12R/30L), which has contributed to exclusive use of Runway 17/35 during the late night and early morning hours. The situation will continue again tonight, but normal runway use is expected tomorrow.

FAA Air Traffic Controllers on duty 24 hours per day at MSP will direct aircraft to arrive to Runway 17 and/or depart from Runway 35 using established flight paths and procedures that have been in place for that runway since 2005; however these flight paths are rarely used during nighttime hours because use of the parallel runways is preferred. Wind conditions will determine the direction that aircraft will approach or depart from this runway.

Typically, northerly or westerly winds mean aircraft will depart to the north into the wind and arrivals will land from the south. Southerly or easterly winds generally mean departures will go over areas to the south of MSP with arrivals landing from the north. On average, less than 40 flights arrive or depart at MSP each night between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Surface wind at MSP, flight paths, and aircraft details may be viewed using the MAC FlightTracker: