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October 30, 2014

Study: Int’l travel increases 6% at MSP Airport

International air traffic to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport climbed from nearly 1.7 million passengers to roughly 1.8 million between 2003 and 2011, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution.

Dan Boivin, chairman of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, tells the Star Tribune that the Twin Cities is still growing into an international hub. “We continue to push our airline partner and are trying to get new ones to come here,” Boivin said. He added there are markets where the commission would like direct flights, including Italy and European connections.

A Delta Air Lines spokesman told the newspaper, “Minneapolis is an important international gateway and a strong market.”

Earlier this week, Air France announced it will add nonstop seasonal service to Paris between May and September.

Click here, for the full report by Brookings Institution called “Global Gateways: International Aviation in Metropolitan America.”

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines plans to reduce the capacity of its fleet by as much as three percent. Bloomberg reports the dominant carrier at the Twin Cities airport plans to retire some of its oldest jets among other changes that will cut costs by $1 billion.