A Year in Review: 2018 Reflections

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns seven airports throughout the twin cities, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and six general aviation airports. The MAC works in partnership with communities, government agencies, and aircraft operators to facilitate air transportation and manage all aspects of a first-class airport system. There is much to share about the collaboration and work efforts employed and accomplishments during the past year. Some of the highlights in 2018 include record passenger levels and aircraft fleet changes at MSP, enhanced public-facing data analysis tools and increased community engagement.  

Passengers and Aircraft Operations

Takeoffs and landings at MSP totaled 406,913, which is a reduction of 2.1 percent from 2017. Approximately 93 percent of flight activity at MSP is conducted in air carrier jet aircraft types.

Travelers who flew into or out of MSP on commercial airline flights in 2018 may have noticed fewer empty seats on the aircraft. MSP passenger levels have increased steadily since 2010 and reached a new high in 2018. A record-setting number of 38,037,381 total passengers passed through MSP in 2018, which is about 3,000 more than 2017.

The chart below shows a summary of passengers and flights at MSP from 2007-2018:

MSP Passengers and Flights 2018

Aircraft fleets using MSP in 2018 had greater use of Canadair CRJ 900, Boeing B737-800 and B767-300 aircraft compared to 2017. These aircraft are newer and can accommodate more passengers than those they are replacing.

On the other hand, flights using MD80 aircraft --one of the noisiest narrowbody airline aircraft at MSP -- were at an all-time low. Airlines at MSP have been phasing out the MD80 aircraft during the past few years. For example, MD80 aircraft accounted for 3.7 percent of the aircraft operations at MSP in 2014, 2.5 percent in 2017, and 0.3 percent in 2018. Currently there are no scheduled operations in MD80 aircraft at MSP.

More information about annual aircraft types using MSP can be found in the 2018 Annual MSP Fleet Mix and Nighttime Operations Report here: https://www.macnoise.com/pdf/2019Report.pdf

Enhanced Public Tools

The MAC FlightTracker has been a popular tool used by members of the public to view details about aircraft operations at MAC-owned airports. In 2018, the FlightTracker went through a complete redesign that includes enhanced analysis tools, more map view options, weather details, and improves the user experience on mobile devices. To view the new FlightTracker, click here: http://macnoise.com/tools-reports/flighttracker.

Another tool unveiled in 2018 is a brand new Noise Abatement Dashboard. This tool is used by MAC staff and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers to view real time compliance with the MSP Runway Use System and noise abatement procedures that are established for departures on Runways 17, 12L and 12R. Members of the public may view a monthly compliance summary included in the MSP interactive reports found here: https://www.macenvironment.org/reports/

For information about MSP noise abatement efforts and procedures, click here: http://macnoise.com/our-neighbors/msp-noise-abatement-efforts


The MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) considered input that it received from MSP FairSkies Coalition to provide greater opportunities for members of the public to have their voices heard on topics being discussed by the NOC. In 2018, the NOC developed a Bylaw Review Subcommittee that evaluated the Committee Bylaws and proposed a modified meeting structure to allow public comments. NOC members unanimously agreed and adopted changes to its Bylaws that allot time for public input during each NOC meeting.

For more information about NOC meetings, please visit: https://www.macnoise.com/our-neighbors/msp-noise-oversight-committee-noc-meetings

MSP Listening Sessions continue to be hosted by the MAC on a quarterly basis. The next session will be held on April 24, 2019 at the Mendota Heights City Hall. Meeting times and locations may be found on the MAC Noise Program Office calendar: https://www.macnoise.com/calendar  

To learn more about the MAC system of airports, please visit: https://metroairports.org/Airport-Authority.aspx

To learn more about MSP specifically, click here: http://mspairport.com/