Airport Prepared for Record-Breaking Crowds, Leadership says

January 22, 2018 06:37 PM

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is ready for record crowds, according to airport leadership.

On Monday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission received its final, wide-ranging Super Bowl update from the Transportation Security Administration, the National Football League and airport personnel.


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Among the highlights: the TSA expects nearly 70,000 passengers to fly out of MSP the day after the Super Bowl, which would be a record.

"Seventy-thousand is about twice what we see on an average day," the TSA's top official in Minneapolis, Cliff Van Leuven, told commissioners.

The airport's assistant director of landslide operations, Jeff Nawrocki, said more than 5,500 Uber, Lyft, and cab drivers have registered to pick up passengers at the airport.

Also, the airport's police chief fielded questions about potential protests surrounding the big game.

"We're hoping for the best, and if we end up with the worst, we will deal with it," Chief Michael Everson said.

Add it all up and you've got the fruits of a detailed planning process that took 29 airport subcommittees to complete.

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"It's amazing how fast it's gone," said Phil Burke, director of MSP Operations.

One final note: because the airport is expecting such large crowds, especially the day after the Super Bowl, officials are urging passengers to get dropped off at both the arrivals and departures portions of the airport. The hope is that measure will help everyone get in and out of the airport as quickly as possible.


Josh Rosenthal

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