MSP Airport Set Passenger Record in 2017

MSP Airport Set Passenger Record in 2017 Photo: KSTP, File

February 14, 2018 02:25 PM

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport set a passenger record in 2017, when more than 38 million people traveled through its gates. 

The 38,034,341 passengers represented a 1.4 percent increase from the previous year, and ranked ahead of the previous record, set in 2005, of 37,604,373, according to the Metropolitan Airports Commission.


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The commission reports passenger traffic at the airport has grown steadily since 2009, when it reached a modern-day low of just over 32 million.

Other 2017 highlights, according to the MAC:

  • 416,213 – landings and takeoffs, up 0.7 percent from 2016 (record was 541,093 in 2004).
  • 70.7 percent: Delta Air Lines and regional partners share of passengers
  • 6.6 percent: Sun Country's share
  • 6.4 percent: American's share
  • 5.6 percent: Southwest's share
  • 4.6 percent: United's share
  • 3.4 percent: Spirit's share
  • Remaining 10 airlines serving MSP: 2.7 percent
  • 60 percent: passengers beginning journey from MSP
  • 40 percent: passengers beginning journey elsewhere
  • 229,440 metric tons: cargo moved through MSP (11 percent increase over 2016)
  • 86,900 jobs: supported by MSP, according to a September economic impact study
  • $2.5 billion: annual visitor spending generated
  • $973 million: local, state and federal taxes generated


Michael Oakes

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