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MAC chair: Some international flights at MSP will resume this fall, others won't return in 2021

The MAC chair offered clues in an email to newsletter subscribers.

The head of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) has provided new clues about when certain international flights might resume at MSP Airport.

Rick King, chair at MAC, offered the scheduling insights in an email Tuesday. In the email he noted that, while passenger screening at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is now 60-70% of pre-pandemic levels, a return to those days before COVID is likely "many months" away.

A total of 31 routes are still suspended, far fewer than the 105 suspended routes in May of 2020. And in July, airlines are flying a total of 1.6 million seats from MSP. (The number was 2.1 million in July 2019.)

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Some paused international routes could pick back up soon. According to King:

  • MAC hopes KLM's service to Amsterdam could start again "late summer"
  • Delta and Air Canada may add flights to "several" Canadian destinations in the fall
  • MAC "anticipate[s]" service to London, Seoul and Tokyo "later in the fall."

However, Aer Lingus won't be flying MSP to Dublin at least through this year, and Condor has indicated it will begin flights to Frankfurt again in 2021.

"That said, we know even the best laid plans can be sidelined should virulent new COVID-19 variants arise or existing variants regain a strong foothold among under-vaccinated populations," King acknowledged in the email.

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There has been plenty of service news at MSP Airport of late. 

Sun Country resumed two routes in early June, then added a few to Florida and North Carolina weeks later. Icelandair is back taking travelers from MSP to Reykjavik. And budget airline Allegiant launched its first routes from MSP earlier this month.

All together, King said the airport has added 25 seasonal or year-round routes from five airlines so far this year.

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