Analysis of MSP Departure Trend Continues

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Noise Program office continues to analyze activity for aircraft departing to the northwest and west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

Over the past three months, community members, through several channels, have expressed concern about a perceived increase in activity over their homes, as well as lower aircraft altitudes from departures off Runways 30L and 30R.  

In response, MAC Noise Program staff have begun comparing historical data to activity during 2013. The analysis will include data for 2008 through 2012, and will use 2004 as the benchmark, as this was the peak year for operations at MSP.  

Investigating trends in aircraft operations is an essential function of the MAC Noise Program Office and one of many services MAC staff provide to members of the public. Data processing methods include examining the number of departing aircraft from each runway at MSP, the time of day those aircraft departed, and how many of those aircraft are concentrated over any specific area. The altitude of departing aircraft, time of day, types of aircraft, and noise data will also be evaluated during this process.

The results of the study will be provided to the MSP Noise Oversight Committee at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the MAC General Office Building located at 6040 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Questions about this analysis or the upcoming NOC meeting may be directed to 612-726-9411.