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MSP Activity Grew in 2013

Aircraft activity and passenger counts at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport both rose in 2013 compared to 2012.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported 431,573 aircraft took off or landed at MSP in 2013, which is approximately 1.6% more operations than occurred in 2012. The MAC reports that there were about 33.9 million passengers that traveled on those aircraft, up approximately 2.2% from 33.2 million in 2012.

MSP Noise Oversight Committee Meeting on January 15

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) met at 1:30pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission General Offices Building.  Agenda items for this meeting included: Review of Operations Summary Report; 2014 Capital Improvement Program Projects; Air Traffic Control at MSP; Report of Review of Runway 12L Departure Turns before Runway End; and MAC Website Video Library.

Examining Runway Use at MSP

Selecting which runway to use for aircraft takeoffs and landings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a complex task. Decisions about runway use at MSP are made carefully by the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) on a continuous basis, and take into consideration numerous factors, including: safety, wind direction and wind speed (on the surface and aloft), air traffic congestion, aircraft weight, the number of inbound and scheduled outbound aircraft, and noise abatement.

Advancements in Flight Tracking are Live

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) recently upgraded its flight tracking data collection system to obtain a more advanced and accurate stream of aircraft activity data. This advancement and new source of data are considered a "Next Generation" flight track data collection system, which uses enhanced technology to collect and process flight data. It facilitates a higher level of accuracy, quicker data update rates, more expansive coverage area and superb reliability when compared to traditional flight tracking systems.

First Amendment to Noise Mitigation Agreement is Approved

A modified Residential Noise Mitigation Program will be implemented for homes surrounding Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The first amendment to the legal agreement (Consent Decree) between the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and the cities of Richfield, Minneapolis, and Eagan that defines the MAC's Residential Noise Mitigation Program was approved by the Fourth Judicial District Court and is effective until December 31, 2024.

Quieter Airplane Use is Increasing at MSP

Noisy airplanes are operating less frequently while quieter airplanes are operating more frequently at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), according to a recent analysis conducted by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Noise Program Office.  Most notably, during October 2012 through September 2013 there were 93 percent fewer flights in older hushkitted jets as compared to the previous 12 months. Hushkitted jets are generally the loudest types of aircraft that arrive and depart at MSP.

Perfect Compliance in July for Runway 17 Departures at MSP


In July 2013, Runway 17 departures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) achieved 100 percent compliance with an established noise abatement procedure flown by air carriers with westbound destinations. This procedure is designed to reduce aircraft noise disturbances for Bloomington, Burnsville and Eagan residents living under the departure paths of planes taking off from Runway 17 and flying toward the southwest.