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MAC Facts: Reliever Airports

reliever mapThe Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates one of the nation’s largest airport systems, including the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) and six general aviation airports. The general aviation airports are often referred to as reliever airports because they relieve air traffic congestion that would otherwise occur at MSP.

Overnight MSP Flight Check

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may be operating a flight check tonight and possibly tomorrow night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The FAA periodically conducts this type of flight to verify navigational equipment on the airfield is functioning within necessary parameters. For this flight, the FAA intends to test equipment for MSP Runway 12L, and plans to fly unique approaches to, and departures from the runway to test the various navigational equipment.

MMCD Helicopter Activity Around the Metro Today

MMCD HelicopterAircraft aren’t the only things flying this time of year – mosquitos are back! When the mosquitos come out, so do the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) helicopters. Residents around the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and around the metro may notice helicopter activity today as the MMCD conducts their annual treatments to control larval mosquito populations.

Sound is still Down in 2021

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates a permanent system of 39 sound monitoring sites around Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). Aircraft and community sounds are collected, with a goal to capture as much aircraft sound as possible from aircraft flying to and from MSP. 

MAC Facts: Aircraft Take Flight at MSP

Aircraft departing MSPThe COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented reduction in air travel across the world, including at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Over the past year, passenger levels and aircraft takeoffs and landings have been significantly below that of 2019, and residents living in communities around the airport have become accustomed to hearing and seeing fewer aircraft.

Concrete Work at MSP this Week

Construction projects at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) will have crews breaking and removing concrete tomorrow and Wednesday this week, from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. Airfield construction may require closing one or more runways at MSP temporarily, even when the activity is not occurring on the runway. Additionally, construction activities can impact how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assigns aircraft to open runways. People residing in areas around MSP may notice unusual sounds or aircraft activity while these activities are occurring.

MAC Facts: 2030 Sustainability Goals

Happy Earth Day! The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is committed to sustainability and enhancing our economic viability, operational effectiveness, environment, and social responsibility. We recognize the interconnection of these elements and strive to make decisions that will result in the greatest benefits today and for centuries to come.