Publish date:

MSP Airport handled a record number of passengers in 2018

It just beat the previous record, set in 2017.

2018 was a record year for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as it saw more than 38 million passengers pass through its terminals.

The total traveler number for 2018 was 38,037,381, which narrowly beat the 38,034,341 that used the airport in 2017.

That said, there was actually a slight decline in paying passengers – down to 36,778,496 in 2018 compared to 36,799,978 a year earlier, with the overall number taking into account passengers who fly for free – such as airline employees.

Nonetheless the figure was welcomed by Metropolitan Airports Commission CEO Bryan Ryks, who said it's a sign of "very strong demand for air service" at MSP.

The increase in passenger numbers comes despite a 2.1 percent decrease in landings and takeoffs from the airport, suggesting airlines are filling up more of their planes.

There were 407,476 landings and takeoffs last year, which is well below the 541,093 peak in 2004, which Ryks said is good news from an environmental perspective, reducing emissions and noise.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters

Delta was far and away the biggest airline, unsurprising since MSP is its second largest hub.

Delta carried 71.4 percent of all MSP passengers in 2018, followed by Sun Country with a 6.4 percent share, American with 5.7 percent, Southwest at 5.3 percent, United at 4.3 percent and Spirit at 3.1 percent.

More routes are being added to and from the airport in 2019, with Sun Country launching new seasonal services to U.S. cities this summer, Aer Lingus launching a direct flight to Dublin, and Delta debuting direct services to Mexico City and Seoul.

Next Up

The Liffey Pub Facebook

St. Paul's Irish pub The Liffey reveals it won't reopen

The beloved pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.


As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 11.04.26 AM

Mother charged with beating daughter to death ruled incompetent

The case against the Woodbury woman will be put "indeterminately suspended."



Passenger numbers fell 62% at MSP Airport in 2020

The Twin Cities airport was slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

unnamed (1)

Record passenger numbers at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport in 2019

The airport has passed 39 million passengers for the first time.

Delta plans direct flights between MSP and Shanghai

It would give the Twin Cities its first direct route into China.

unnamed (1)

Now flying from MSP Airport, a plane with a bathroom window

The first Airbus A220 flew into the Twin Cities on Thursday.

Chaos at MSP Airport as security change leads to long waits

Remodeling on Terminal 1 starts today, prompting huge delays for passengers.

Delta announces nonstop flights between MSP and Mexico City

The Twin Cities will get a direct route to the Mexican capital.